Typhoid fever found at Miami restaurant

More than 70 employees at a Chili's restaurant in Miami are being screened by health officials after a cook was diagnosed with typhoid fever.

The cook, health officials told, became disoriented at work during the last week in April after complaining of being ill for several days.

After visiting a Miami emergency room, the cook returned to his native Haiti. After he had left the country, lab tests confirmed that he had typhoid fever, which is most often transmitted through food as a result of inadequate hand washing.

After the Miami-Dade health department learned of the case, it began testing the restaurant's employees.

"We haven't had any reported cases of infection from typhoid fever among any of the other workers, or any illnesses in general among any of the workers," Dr. John Conte, assistant chief of epidemiology and disease control, told

An alert has been issued to area doctors and medical facilities for patients exhibiting symptoms of typhoid fever, which include high fever, headache, weakness, constipation or diarrhea, weakness and rashes.

"Unless you have an extremely depressed immune system or delay your treatment for quite some time, no one in the United States should be dying from typhoid fever," Dr. Conte said.