Health officials in Saitama Prefecture said Tuesday that four more people have reported symptoms of E.coli 0-157 bacteria following a food poisoning outbreak due to potato salad sold at the Derishasu deli counters at supermarkets.
Six people have already been stricken by the bacteria, including a 5-year-old girl who is in critical condition after being diagnosed with hemolytic uremic syndrome, a condition caused by an abnormal destruction of red blood cells, Fuji TV reported. However, she has regained consciousness. A 4-year-old boy and a 60-year-old woman are also in hospital. The boy was the first case to be admitted to hospital, on Aug 14.
They ate potato salad sold at a Derishasu deli counter at Shokusaikan Marche Kagohara Supermarket in Kumagaya City on Aug 7-8.
On Tuesday, four more people were found to have been infected by the E.coli 0-157 bacteria after buying potato salad at Derishasu deli counters in different supermarkets in Kumagaya and Maebashi City.
In all, 10 people have now been affected by the food poisoning outbreak, health officials said.
In response to the outbreak, the Derishasu deli at Shokusaikan Marche Kagohara Supermarket has been ordered closed until Aug 24 by the Kumagaya Public Health Center.
The deli said it got the potato salad from a food processing company outside Saitama Prefecture. Deli staff then added pieces of ham and apples.© Japan Today