Foodborne Illness Spreads at Arthritis Foundation Walk
Arthritis Foundation Walk in Santa Barbara in 2018 (Photo: Arthritis Foundation)
By an edhat reader
A lot of people have been getting sick after the Arthritis Foundation Walk. The below is an email from the Arthritis Foundation about the foodborne illness outbreak from the event they hosted in Santa Barbara this past Saturday.
Dear Walk to Cure Arthritis Participants,
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is investigating a possible Foodborne Illness outbreak following several reports of illness from participants at the Arthritis Foundation Walk at Santa Barbara City College on Saturday, April 27th. The Arthritis Foundation is working with the Health Department and so far, as many as 30 people in attendance are reporting cramping and/or diarrhea that occurred following the event.
Environmental Health Services and Disease Control are actively investigating, and no definitive source of illness has been determined. If you are experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea, please consult your medical provider for evaluation.
Please also contact Disease Control at (805) 681-5280 as they will need additional information to assist with their investigation.
If you would like to speak to someone at the Arthritis Foundation, please do not hesitate to call our local Santa Barbara office at 805-563-4685. We will continue to pass along information to the Health Department as we receive it and provide any updates from the Health Department to our participants.
Michal W. Wiesbrock, Arthritis Foundation