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The North Central Health District reported that preliminary tests indicate a common staph bacteria may have resulted in the 115 reported cases of illness from individuals who had eaten at Claudia Sanders restaurant Easter Sunday.
The district stressed the findings were not definitive. Staphylococcus aureus, a bacteria commonly found on food and on the human body, was found in some samples provided by victims but not from all, the district said.
According to the Center for Disease Control, the incubation period of staphylococcus is one-half hour to six hours and runs its course through the body in about two days. That is consistent with reports from those who fell ill from eating at the restaurant, the health district said.
The health district anticipates allowing Claudia Sanders to reopen for drinks only on Friday (March 28) and open completely on Saturday.
The district reported that no new cases of people becoming ill at the restaurant have been reported. To date, the health department has received 121 self-reported illnesses from patrons of the restaurant.