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Officials: Chorizo caused salmonella outbreak at Firefly

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Firefly restaurant on Paradise Road temporarily closed for business. (File/FOX5) Firefly restaurant on Paradise Road temporarily closed for business. (File/FOX5)
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Cooked chorizo was named as the cause of a salmonella outbreak at a Firefly restaurant location in Las Vegas last month, according to a report released by health officials Wednesday.

According to the final report from the Southern Nevada Health District, four employees of the 3900 Paradise Rd. restaurant and 290 patrons were sickened by the bacteria between April 21 and 26. The restaurant was closed three days later after officials began receiving reports of the illness.

Wednesday's report showed that health officials tested 21 food items at the restaurant as part of the investigation. Only the cooked chorizo, a type of sausage, tested positive for the strain of salmonella believed to be responsible for the outbreak.

"It is likely that the outbreak was due to local cross-contamination in the restaurant's kitchen and not from a contaminated commercial food," officials said in the report.

Firefly owner John Simmons said in a statement that he appreciates the thorough review and swift conclusion to this matter.

"From day one, our concern has always been doing everything we could for those affected, and doing everything we could to use this time to make Firefly the safest place to eat in southern Nevada."

Simmons said a food safety consultant has been hired to double and triple check the methods of the restaurant.

Marler Clark, a law firm in Seattle, said it planned to file a lawsuit against Firefly earlier this month for a Clark County couple who said they were sickened after eating at the restaurant.

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