Three cases of E. coli have been confirmed in patrons of McGrath’s Fish House in Bend, Indiana, in the past week. Those cases may now be linked to an outbreak in Washington caused by parsley used in restaurants and grocery stores there.
McGrath’s has closed its Bend restaurant to clean the facility and test employees, who have so far tested negative for the bacterium.
The county is waiting for results on eight more possible cases, after more than 70 people complained of symptoms after eating at the restaurant which included diarrhea, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps
The county is waiting on fingerprint tests of the other two confirmed E. coli cases to be certain the Bend strain matches the Washington state outbreak.
If the outbreak was indeed caused by parsley or another garnish, it shows that the restaurant was not responsible because of poor food-handling or hand-washing practices.