Nancy Luna reports with the Orange county Register that an upscale restaurant at Fashion Island that bills itself as a healthy living establishment is at the center of a suspected foodborne illness outbreak involving at least six victims, county officials said Thursday.

The sickened diners tested positive for Shigella, an intestinal bacteria that triggers severe diarrhea. The “common factor” for each victim was they ate a meal at True Food Kitchen in Newport Beach on Aug. 21, 23, 24 and 25, county healthy officials said.

The county shut the restaurant Aug. 28 to investigate the outbreak. None of the victims ate the same dish, leading investigators to believe that the bacteria was spread “person to person,” said Denise Fennessy, director of Environmental Health at the county’s Health Care Agency.

Just got this email:

I ate at Red O on August 24 and got deathly sick.  I was notified by the nurse at Orange County CDC that I had Shigella, documented from HOAG Hospital lab test results.  I have been on Cipro for a week.   I just read that True Food in Newport beach (1/2 mile from Red O) was shut down with an outbreak of Shigella.

And, here are some inspection reports: