Typhoid alert issued for Stonestown Nordstrom Cafe customers

Customers pass a Cafe Nordstrom sign as they exit the store on Friday May 3, 2013. A food handler of the cafe has recently been diagnosed with typhoid fever. Photo by Gabriella Gamboa / Xpress.

Customers pass a Cafe Nordstrom sign as they exit the store on Friday May 3, 2013. A food handler of the cafe has recently been diagnosed with typhoid fever. Photo by Gabriella Gamboa / Xpress.

Students who have dined at the Nordstrom Cafe located in the Stonestown Galleria may have been exposed to typhoid fever after a food handler was diagnosed with the bacteria earlier today, according to the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

Those who ate at the location on April 16, 17, 18, 20 or 27 may have been exposed to the illness and are urged to seek medical treatment if they have any symptoms.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, typhoid fever is “life-threatening,” with 5,700 cases popping up each year. SF State’s Student Health Center cites symptoms of the illness as “fever, weakness, stomach pains, headache, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.” In some cases, typhoid fever is known to “cause flat, rose-colored spots on the skin.”

“We were notified by the San Francisco Department of Public Health about an unusual situation involving one of our Stonestown Galleria employees who has been diagnosed with typhoid fever,” a Nordstrom official said in a statement issued today. “This is the first time we’ve experienced this type of situation and we apologize for any concern or angst this has caused.”

According to an ABC7 report, Nordstrom said the company is looking through credit card records to find customers and offer them free testing at a select local clinics.

If anyone feels they may be at risk of typhoid fever, free testing for the illness is available at two San Francisco clinics:

– The Franciscan Treatment Room

1199 Bush Street #160

(415) 353-6305

– Dr. Meenakshi Jain at the Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation

595 Buckingham Way, Suite 515

(415)-731-6300

 

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