In the summer of 2016, an E.Coli outbreak in Chicago caused 52 victims to seek medical attention for their symptoms, 19 of whom needed to be hospitalized. The outbreak was linked to a Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill location. The restaurant closed this location as well as its other Chicago store to prevent new E.Coli cases while cooperating with the Chicago Department of Public Health’s investigation of the outbreak.
Bacteria are living organisms. It can sometimes be difficult to think of them this way because they are microscopic, but they are organisms just like birds, fish, and human beings. Bacteria are unicellular, which means that each individual is only made up of one cell, rather than the trillions of cells that comprise a human being.
After at least 25 individuals became ill with Shiga toxin-producing E.coli (STEC), the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) linked the outbreak to Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill. The restaurant is located on 26th street and serves a variety of Mexican fare including tacos, burritos, and margaritas. The restaurant complied with the CDPH's request to investigate the outbreak, which traced the STEC infections to its kitchen.