June 17, 2024

Salmonella Outbreak at Seattle’s Tallulah Restaurant Sickens 16

A Salmonella outbreak has been reported at Tallulah’s restaurant in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, according to the Seattle Times. King County reports that about 200 to 300 Salmonella cases are reported every year. In this outbreak, at least 16 people were sickened.

Restaurant photoThe outbreak occurred June 21, 2015; the restaurant is at 550 19th Avenue East in Seattle, Washington. Patients range in age from 4 to 71. Nine cases were confirmed; seven cases are probable. One person had to be hospitalized because of their illness.

The illnesses were linked to crab and ham Eggs Benedict dishes, which were served with a sauce made from raw eggs. The menu had a warning label to inform customers that dishes made with raw or undercooked foods such as eggs could cause food poisoning. Restaurant managers reported the outbreak to public health officials.

Tallulah’s egg supplier had no safety violations and no recent positive Salmonella tests. But the health department did state that ┬áthe producer does not routinely test raw shell eggs for Salmonella.

Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, headache, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. The symptoms usually begin 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the pathogenic bacteria. Most people get better within a week, although some become so ill they must be hospitalized.

Long term complications of a Salmonella infection include reactive arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, and heart problems. If you ate at that restaurant and developed the symptoms of a Salmonella infection, see your doctor so a record of this illness is on your chart.

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