Ballard restaurant closed after E.coli strikes customers

SEATTLE -- A popular Ballard restaurant is closed following an investigation into a possible E.coli outbreak.

King County Public Health says five people contracted E.coli after eating at The Matador restaurant in Ballard.

Four people ate at the restaurant on August 14 and another on August 22. Three people were hospitalized, but have recovered.

The county says five other people have also contracted the same strain as those who ate at The Matador. Two of those people are from another county, and three others are from out of state.

One of the three out of state cases involve someone who also ate at The Matador, according to health officials. 

Health officials have temporarily suspended Matador's food business permit while the restaurant undergoes a thorough cleaning. King County is taking samples at the restaurant to identify the source of the E. coli, but they do not have a suspect ingredient yet.

If you have eaten at Matador and developed diarrhea within 10 days, you should consult your healthcare provider to see if further testing is necessary.

Copyright 2016 KING


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