10 report sickness from Summerville's La Carreta restaurant, DHEC investigating

    La Carreta Mexican Restaurant, Old Trolley Road, Summerville (Google Earth)

    State health officials confirmed Wednesday they are investigating multiple reported illness from people who say they've recently dined at La Carreta restaurant in Summerville.

    S.C. Dept. of Health and Environmental Control officials said Tuesday they are aware of at least 10 recent patrons of La Carreta who've since reported symptoms of "a viral gastrointestinal illness."

    La Carreta, located on Old Trolley Road, is currently closed, DHEC says.

    DHEC says its staff made an on-site visit to the restaurant Dec. 3, and ordered a "thorough, deep cleaning of the restaurant." DHEC also ordered the restaurant to send any currently ill employees home.

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    A restaurant spokesperson confirmed to ABC News 4 on Wednesday one employ recently has been sick.

    "Viral gastrointestinal illnesses are very contagious and can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Infection can be spread by direct contact with an ill person, consuming contaminated food or beverage, and or touching contaminated surfaces," DHEC said in a release.

    DHEC records show three food safety inspections for La Carreta in 2018, all in August.

    DHEC gave the restaurant an "A" grade and an 89% score August 15, a "B" grade and a 96% score on August 16, and an "A" grade and 100% score on August 20.

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