Larimer County Department of Health and Environment is investigating a suspected salmonella outbreak in Old Town Fort Collins linked to La Luz Mexican Restaurant.

There have been six confirmed salmonella cases and several more are awaiting confirmation. The health department said five of those who've contracted the disease have been hospitalized.

Health officials said La Luz has been helpful in trying to pin down what led to this salmonella outbreak. La Luz has closed until more about the outbreak is known. The restaurant is at 200 Walnut Street A, Fort Collins, CO 80524.

Here's what the health department said those who've eaten at La Luz recently should be aware of:

Salmonella are bacteria that can cause infections affecting the intestinal tract, urinary tract, bloodstream or other body tissues. Salmonella is often spread to people through food consumption. The bacteria can be found in many food items including raw meats, eggs, produce. Salmonella can be spread through people who are sick who handle food. Some people who are infected are asymptomatic and can spread the infection unknowingly.

Symptoms may include, diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, vomiting and bloody stool. Symptoms typically appear 6-72 hours after eating contaminated food and will usually last for 4 to 7 days. In severe cases, the symptoms may last longer or require hospitalization.

Source: Denver7