The Porch at Schenley, usually a peaceful spot frequented by University of Pittsburgh professors and students, was alive with controversy this week after a dangerous foodborne illness sickened multiple customers and employees.
The popular Oakland eatery voluntarily closed after three employees and two customers recently contracted the 0157:H7 strain of E. coli. This particularly intense E. coli strain sent four out of the 5 sickened individuals to the hospital with potentially dangerous symptoms.
It can take up to 3 to 4 days for symptoms of E. coli to appear, which is why it is important to seek medical help as soon as possible. Symptoms of E. coli infection include:
The health department is looking into whether this E. coli outbreak stems from contaminated meat, or from humans who developed the infection from someplace else and did not wash their hands effectively, thus contaminating the food product.
Eat'n Park Hospitality Group, the owners of The Porch at Schenley, used the restaurant's temporary closure to sanitize the cooking facilities as well as test all employees for E. coli. All potentially contaminated food products were replaced with new food product as the restaurant prepared to reopen its doors to the public.
Anyone who begins to develop symptoms should understand their legal rights. They may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and missed work time resulting from food poisoning.
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