NORTH READING, MA — The North Reading Board of Health is investigating several complaints from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health regarding a possible salmonella outbreak at Kitty’s Restaurant.
On July 3, 2018, the North Reading Board of Health received complaints from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health about a salmonella outbreak that was believed to have occurred at Kitty’s Restaurant on June 23, 2018. Thirty nine people filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Of those complaints, there were nine confirmed cases of salmonella, and an additional thirty suspected illness of salmonella.
The food suspected to be contaminated was narrowed down to the antipasto salad. The Board of Health conducted its initial investigation on July 3, 2018, working with the restaurant owners to try to determine how the food was contaminated. The investigation included determining the source of the food, how the food was prepared, who prepared it, how it was served, and who it was served to.
On July 5, 2018, after receiving additional information regarding potential illnesses associated with visits on June 25th, the Board of Health recommended that Kitty’s management close the restaurant in order to conduct a full cleaning and sanitization of the building. The Board of Health, working with the State Division of Epidemiology and Immunization, also provided information and guidance to Kitty’s management to test forty six employees who may have been working during the outbreak. All tested employees must be cleared by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health before being able to return to work.
On July 6, 2018, Kitty’s was allowed to re-open after the facility received a comprehensive cleaning under the direction and guidance of the North Reading Board of Health.
Then due to additional information received by the Health Department, Kitty’s Restaurant was ordered closed again until further notice while the Health Department continues an investigation relative to food borne illness.
The North Reading Health Department will continue to work closely with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Division of Epidemiology and Immunization on this matter.
If anyone has any questions or concerns relating to this matter, please contact the North Reading Board of Health at 978-357-5242.
(NOTE: The above information is from the North Reading Board of Health.)
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