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Brownsville restaurant closed, likely due to food poisoning

(Source: KGBT Photo)

The doors were closed Thursday at El Rey Del Taco on Alton Gloor Road in Brownsville after the health department received reports of food poisoning.

"Right now, what we're doing is working with the city of Brownsville and these hospitals and medical providers to try and get some more information, including the lab results, which are still pending, to determine exactly what they are diagnosed with," said Esmeralda Guajardo, the Cameron County Health Administrator.

Cameron County Health Administrator Esmeralda Guajardo says between 25 and 30 people reported being ill, sending most of them to the hospital. She says the numbers could still go up.

"What we do is when individuals are getting sick, we have to make sure we contain that. And they're getting sick based on other factors they've been diagnosed with some sort of communicable disease. We need to make sure we contain it,” said Guajardo.

Olga Mayorga was one of those who got sick Wednesday night. She spoke exclusively with CBS 4 about what happened.

"When I was eating, I felt fine. I was hungry. I wanted to eat. Then, later on at like 11 p.m., I was asleep and I woke up, I had a really strong pain," said Mayorga.

Cameron County health officials are investigating the cause of the illness.

If you suspect you may have food poisoning, you should seek medical attention immediately at a nearby hospital or doctor's office.

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