Ten hospitalized in E. Coli Outbreak at Chicken & Rice Guys

An E. coli outbreak at the “Chicken & Rice Guys” restaurant chain has sickened 14 people, including 10 who required hospitalization, Boston public health officials said Wednesday.

The chain, which temporarily closed its four restaurants in Boston and Medford and grounded its fleet of food trucks on Tuesday, likely will not reopen until at least the middle of next week while health officials search for the cause of the outbreak.

Read the rest of Megan Wollhouse’s Boston Globe story here.

Questions and Answers:

What is Escherichia coli 0157:H7?

It is a bacteria that can cause severe illness.

What is the best online resource so I can learn more about E. coli 0157:H7?

I suggest the CDC Foodborne division’s website.

Why is this particularly worrisome?

Enteric infection with an organism such as E. coli 0157:H7 is the cause of Shiga toxin-induced hemolytic uremic syndrome. This is a very dangerous condition..

What can I do to protect myself?

I suggest to patients that they consider eating a plant-based diet. Learn more on my website.

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