The Public Health Director of Madisonville, Kentucky, has confirmed one death and at least 15 illnesses linked to Casa Mexicana in Western Kentucky, centered in Hopkins County. At the same time, in Illinois, at least 34 people have become ill from eating at Hacienda Don Villo, a Mexican restaurant in Channahon, Illinois. The Channahon Hacienda Don Villo outbreak has already sickened more than 30, and health officials are scrambling to identify potential victims and to determine the source of the salmonella. While in Kentucky, victims in Madisonville and surrounding towns, are only now being linked to meals served at Casa Mexicana. The Hopkins County restaurant is under scrutiny for having sickened more than a dozen, and for causing the death of one 61 year old male, Mr. Steve Davis of Hansen, KY.
These two salmonella outbreaks share little in common except that both follow a string of salmonella and other food borne outbreaks linked to restaurants that serve Mexican cuisine. These two Mexican restaurant salmonella outbreaks follow a number of other salmonella outbreaks linked to Mexican restaurants, including the Iguana Joes in Humble, Texas. At least two dozen patrons became sickened following meals at the Iguana Joe’s on Father’s Day weekend in Texas. Together, these Mexican restaurants (including Casa Mexicana, Iguana Joe’s, and Hacienda Don Villo) are all inspected on a regular basis by state health officials. Now, in the aftermath of these outbreaks health officials are combing through these reports to see what went wrong. Often, these establishments are found to have long histories of health deficiencies, including failure to maintain food at proper temperatures and failure to enforce and provide for proper hand washing.
In each of these cases, the Mexican restaurant at the center of the salmonella outbreak was shuttered–at east for a short time. In Madisonville, the Casa Mexicana was closed following the reports of food poisoning. It has been given the green light to reopen, but only following intense inspections. The Iguana Joe’s, which originally was believed to have ceased operation permanently, reopened following inspections that determined all failings in cleanliness and sanitation has been corrected. In Illinois, the Hacienda Don Villo investigation will continue until health officials in Channahon are convinced that the public health risk has ended.
The salmonella lawyers at Ron Simon and Associates will continue to investigate restaurant that are linked to salmonella and other food borne diseases. By helping victims seek compensation from these restaurants, the salmonella lawyers at Ron Simon & Associates are putting pressure on restaurant s throughout the United States to pay close attention to proper food handling procedures and to properly train their staff to prevent cross contamination. If you have eaten at the Hacienda Don Villo, the Casa Mexicana, or Iguana Joe’s, and became sick form salmonella, seek medical attention and then call us to discuss important legal rights.