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Health dept. confirms 64 cases of E. coli linked to AZ restaurant

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Health officials said the illness appears to be caused by a class of bacteria that produces a toxin, which can cause severe illness, especially in children, and can lead to kidney failure and even death. (Source: CBS 5 News) Health officials said the illness appears to be caused by a class of bacteria that produces a toxin, which can cause severe illness, especially in children, and can lead to kidney failure and even death. (Source: CBS 5 News)
County health Director Dr. Bob England is recommending anyone with similar symptoms to seek the care of a physician or even go to the hospital. (Source: CBS 5 News) County health Director Dr. Bob England is recommending anyone with similar symptoms to seek the care of a physician or even go to the hospital. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Arizona health officials have confirmed 64 cases of E. coli linked to a West Valley restaurant and that number continues to rise.

The Maricopa County Health Department said Thursday that they had hundreds of calls from people who've been sick and narrowed it down to the ones linked to Federico's Mexican restaurant.

An E. coli lawsuit has been filed against the owners of Federico's where several people fell ill after eating there, a Phoenix attorney said Monday.

The lawsuit, filed by Marler Clark, a law firm that represents victims of foodborne illness, alleges that Bryan Clayton is one of the customers who fell ill with E. coli infections after eating at Federico's in July. 

According to the complaint filed in Maricopa County Superior Court, Clayton ate food purchased from the Federico's restaurant at 13132 W. Camelback Rd. in Litchfield Park on July 27 and July 29. Clayton alleges he began experiencing symptoms of E. coli infection, including severe abdominal cramps and diarrhea, on July 30 and sought medical care on July 31 after his symptoms worsened.

The complaint states that Clayton went to the emergency room, where he was treated for dehydration and released on Aug. 1. Clayton claims he continued to experience severe gastrointestinal symptoms, including grossly bloody bouts of diarrhea, and was later admitted to West Valley Hospital for further treatment. 

Clayton remains hospitalized. He is also represented by Phoenix attorney Jonathan O'Steen of O'Steen & Harrison.

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health and Environmental Services, along with the Arizona Department of Health, said they are investigating an E. coli outbreak that appears to be linked to the restaurant.

On Monday, the restaurant reopened following an investigation. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Escherichia coli, or E. coli, are a large and diverse group of bacteria. Some kinds of E. coli can cause diarrhea, while others cause urinary tract infections, respiratory illness and pneumonia and other illnesses.

Stay with CBS 5 News and cbs5az.com for updates on this developing story.

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