Cameron County Public Health concludes investigation of Brownsville restaurant

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El Rey del Taco in Brownsville. (Source: KGBT Photo)

Cameron County Public Health has concluded their investigation into a Brownsville restaurant after multiple people became sick at the end of January.

According to a release, it has been concluded that the cause was clinically diagnosed food poisoning after eating bistec tacos at El Rey del Taco in Brownsville.

“We received reports of 33 people who were seen at local emergency rooms and that prompted an epidemiological investigation which consisted of interview with those affected, review of medical records and food sample testing,” Dr. James W Castillo with Cameron County Health Authority said in a release. “The majority of the individuals reported experiencing nausea, vomiting and diarrhea within hours of their meal. They recovered shortly after receiving appropriate treatment and were discharged home without any hospital admissions. This is consistent with the clinical diagnosis of noninflammatory gastroenteritis food poisoning. This type of food poisoning is a toxemia associated with the ingestion of preformed microbial toxins. It is not an infection.”

Last month, we spoke with Attorney Anthony Coveny from Ron Simon and Associates, a law firm focused on food borne illnesses. He said that their firm was representing eight families who became ill after reportedly eating at the restaurant. They have filed a lawsuit accusing the restaurant of negligence.

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