WKU Public Radio News Staff
Thu October 3, 2013
Restaurant Linked to Western Kentucky Salmonella Cases
Health officials have confirmed the source of a deadly salmonella outbreak in Hopkins County.
Casa Mexicana, a Madisonville restaurant, is believed to be responsible for the illness that's affected 12 people. Five were hospitalized and one person died.
Hopkins County Health Department Director Denise Beach says the restaurant is no longer a health risk.
"We went in and inspected, found some food health violations, and we shut them down," explains Beach. "They did correct those and we did re-training, and opened them back up."
Beach says the restaurant is on an increased inspection schedule. Salmonella is a foodborne illness that typically results in diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.