The City of Brownsville Department of Public Health has placed a notice on the door of El Rey Del Taco, apparently addressed to Sergio & San Juana Ruvalcaba, dated January 31, 2019 – one day after the outbreak in which the food borne pathogen has yet to be identified. The Notice orders “Stop operating without a permit, remodeling without a permit, and/or conducting operation not yet approved by Health Department.” The notice continues:
Effective immediately, this establishment is to remain closed until further notice. No entry is permitted to anyone, unless accompanied by health authority.
An official with the City of Brownsville Department of Public Health, Roberta Garcia, signed the order. The Notice warns of civil penalties for any violation. Needless to say, this is extreme – especially since, as of February 5th, there was no sign of any work or presence at El Rey Del Taco that would indicate progress toward re-opening. Food poisoning attorney Tony Coveny, Ph.D, of Ron Simon & Associates, spent the day in Brownsville on Tuesday, February 5th, meeting with clients who had contacted the firm and with medial representatives. The food poisoning law firm of Ron Simon & Associates filed the first El Rey Del Taco lawsuit in the outbreak, and represents numerous families.
What is the pathogen? It is too early to say definitively, but there is speculation on the possible cause. One is that it may be Norovirus, which is easy to spread and usually the result of an employee failing to wash their hands appropriately – Norovirus is spread in fecal matter. Another possibility is that it could also be Staph, which causes such an immediate reaction as well – most victims were sick within a couple of hours. Vomiting and diarrhea, along with headaches, body aches, fainting, and dehydration are normal. There are myriad other possibilities as only the readily available possibilities have been ruled out, such as Salmonella or E. coli. Salmonella and E. coli (some strains) are easy to test using quick detection culturing that has been developed. Other pathogens require very specific tests and often require an advanced laboratory to do the testing. The health department, either the City of Brownsville Department of Public Health or Cameron County Health, has indicated it will update the public once additional information is attained.
For more information, contact the food poisoning lawyers at Ron Simon & Associates through their contact form for the outbreak or by calling 1-888-335-4901.