Two Chicago-area businesses will be closed in the coming weeks because of a health threat.
“Firehook” bakery, located at the corner of South Saginaw Street and South Chicago Avenue, and “Lasalle” bakery in the city’s south side, are both under investigation for possible outbreaks of foodborne illness.
According to the Cook County Health and Hospitals System, a person who eats food at any of these businesses can develop symptoms of the H5N1 coronavirus if they eat it within a 48-hour period, or for up to four days if they don’t.
A person who is sick with the virus can transmit it to others through contact with the sick person’s bodily fluids, such as saliva, sweat or vomit.
Firehook and Lasalle both closed this week.
“I don’t know what happened with them.
They have not been open for some time,” a customer said.
“The owner of both stores has said he does not know what caused it,” said a statement from the Cook Co. Health Department.
“This was a major health threat, and we are working with our state health department to determine the best course of action.
The owner of the businesses has been notified and has been cooperating with the investigation.”
The health department has asked businesses to close by Wednesday at 8 p.m.
The closures will affect the city of Chicago as well as the surrounding areas.
“Both of these restaurants were in the immediate area of one of our restaurants when the outbreak occurred,” the health department said in a statement.
The restaurant was closed on Tuesday due to an outbreak of H5S coronaviruses, and the closure is expected to last up to six days, the statement said.
The Chicago Public Health Department has also issued a warning to people in the area who might be at risk of illness.
The warning said the health of people who may be in proximity to people who have been exposed to the virus and to those who might come into contact with them is very high.
In addition, the health commissioner says people with symptoms of H7N9 should not eat at the restaurants.
The CDC recommends that people with a confirmed coronaviral infection, like the one experienced by one person at the restaurant, seek medical care immediately.
“If someone has been exposed, get tested for H7 or H8 and call your doctor if you have symptoms,” the CDC said.