Health officials say Urbane Cafe employee worked with bacterial illness Shigellosis

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Kern County public health officials said an employee at Urbane Cafe on Mount Vernon Avenue was working with a contagious diarrheal illness since the beginning of October.

County health officials said the person was diagnosed with Shigellosis in September but returned to work this month. It is caused by a bacteria called Shigella officials said. 

Urbane Cafe is located at 2658 Mount Vernon Ave.

Officials say anyone who may have eaten food from the restaurant between Oct. 2 and Oct. 15 could have been exposed to Shigella and should watch for symptoms until Oct. 18.

People infected with Shigella may have diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps beginning a day or two after exposure to the bacteria. The illness lasts five to seven days and may require treatment. Health officials said children, elderly, pregnant women or people with weakened immune systems can be more seriously affected. 

If you experience symptoms of the illness you should contact your healthcare provider.

People concerned about a potential exposure can call a hotline set up by Urbane Cafe at 1-888-648-1615.

For more information on the illness, contact Kern County Public Health at 321-3000 or visit the Centers for Disease Control website.

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