Health officials from the State Health Department and the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment believe there is a link between three confirmed cases of typhoid fever in the area and the Qdoba Mexican Grill.
All three individuals have reportedly eaten in the restaurant’s Firestone location last August. No other individuals have reported becoming ill since.
Public health officials have said that the Qdoba management and employees are being very cooperative in the investigation. It is possible the illness was caused by an infected food handler who had been working at the franchised Qdoba Mexican Grill in Firestone. The food handler is said to be not working at the restaurant currently, although the worker does not present symptoms of typhoid fever. Moreover, the said handler shall also be receiving appropriate medical treatment. At the same time, both current and former employees of the restaurant shall also be tested to make sure that no one else is infected with typhoid fever.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, typhoid fever is a life-threatening illness caused by the bacterium salmonella typhoid. There are as much as 5,700 cases of typhoid fever that occur in the United States every year with Colorado also getting an average of five yearly. A person can get infected with typhoid fever if they eat food or drink beverages handled by someone shedding salmonella typhi. Moreover, it can also happen when sewage contaminated with the bacteria gets into the drinking water. Symptoms of typhoid fever include feeling weak, loss of appetite, stomach pains, headache and a sustained fever as high as 103° to 104° F.
Of the three people infected, two were hospitalized. Meanwhile, all of them have already recovered from the illness.