Aug 9, 2013 2:14 PM by Associated Press

52 people sickened by tainted Ariz restaurant food

PHOENIX (AP) - Maricopa County health officials say the number of people sickened after eating at a Mexican food restaurant in Litchfield Park is now at 52.

Health officials are still trying to determine what items were contaminated with the E. coli bacteria at Federico's Mexican Food.

E. coli is destroyed when cooked, so health officials say the food item at issue was either something uncooked or something that was cooked and later contaminated.

The infection causes bloody diarrhea, vomiting, cramps and kidney failure in some cases.

Health officials were notified of the outbreak on Aug 1.

They believe the infected ate at the restaurant on July 23 and July 24.

The Arizona Republic ( says at least two lawsuits have been filed so far and 14 of the 52 have hired lawyers.


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