September 17, 2019

Food Worker at Ashiya Teriyaki in Lynwood, WA Diagnosed With Hepatitis A

A food worker at Ashiya Teriyaki, located at 1233 164th Street Southwest in Lynnwood, Washington, has been diagnosed with hepatitis A. The Snohomish Health District closed the restaurant on August 15, 2019. Anyone who ate at that venue between August 2 and August 15, 2019 may have been exposed to the virus. Officials say that this case doesn't seem to be linked to the hepatitis A outbreak in Washington state. Unfortunately, it's too late for anyone who ate at Ashiya Teriyaki before August 6, 2019 to receive an immune globulin or hepatitis A vaccination, since those vaccines are only effective if given within two weeks of exposure. Those people should watch for the symptoms of hepatitis A and contact their doctor if they get sick. All other clients should contact their doctors for … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak in Washington May Be Linked to Nationwide Turkey Outbreak

A Salmonella Reading outbreak in Washington state may be linked to the nationwide Salmonella Reading outbreak that was caused by raw turkey products. The nationwide raw turkey product outbreak was declared over by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in April 2019. At least 358 people in 42 states were sickened in the nationwide outbreak, and 130 were hospitalized. One person died. Since April 24, 2019, seven people (two who live in Snohomish County and five from King County) said they got sick after eating at a private event on April 20, 2019. Officials think that the two outbreaks are related because laboratory testing indicates the Washington outbreak strain is closely related to the national outbreak strain. The last reported illness in the national outbreak … [Read more...]

Dungeness Valley Creamery Recalls Raw Milk, Cream For Possible E. coli

Dungeness Valley Creamery of Sequim, Washington, is voluntarily recalling their raw whole milk, raw skim milk, and raw cream, because it may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. The same facility recalled the same products in April 2019 for the same pathogen. No illnesses have been reported to the creamery or to public health officials to date in connection with this problem. The recall was initiated after routine sampling conducted by the Washington State Department of Agriculture found the toxin-producing E. coli bacteria in retail raw whole milk that is dated 06/05. Dungeness Valley Creamery is working with the Washington State Department of Agriculture to try to find the source of the pathogen. The day's raw whole milk, raw skim milk, and raw cream with best by dates of … [Read more...]

Raw Ground Tuna Salmonella Newport Outbreak Ends With 15 Sick

The raw ground tuna Salmonella Newport outbreak has ended after sickening 15 people in 8 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That tuna, produced at JK Fish in Vietnam, was imported by Jensen Tuna in Louisiana. The case count by state is: Colorado (1), Connecticut (1), Illinois (1), Iowa (1), Minnesota (1), New York (2), North Dakota (4), and Washington (4). Two people were hospitalized in this outbreak. Illness onset dates range from January 8, 2019 to March 31, 2019. The patient age range was from 24 to 85 years. No deaths were reported. Officials used the PulseNet system to find people sickened in this outbreak. Whole genome sequencing performed on the isolates taken from ill persons showed that they were closely related … [Read more...]

E. coli O26 Outbreak Associated with Seattle Cafe Mario Ends Unsolved

The E. coli O26 outbreak that was associated with Cafe Mario at the Nintendo of America campus in Redmond, Washington state is over and is unsolved, according to the King County Health Department. The outbreak, which happened in 2018, sickens 22 people who developed symptoms consistent with a Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infection. All 22 patients work at the Nintendo of American campus and all ate food from Cafe Mario on several days before they got sick. Four patients also ate at I Love Sushi, an establishment that operates out of Cafe Mario once a week. The outbreak appears to be over. After a thorough investigation was conducted by public health officials, there is not enough evidence to connect I Love Sushi to the outbreak. The 22 patients got sick between June 11 … [Read more...]

Salmonella Newport Outbreak Linked to Frozen Raw Ground Tuna

A Salmonella Newport outbreak linked to frozen raw ground tuna supplied by Jensen Tuna has sickened at least 13 people in 7 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Two people have been hospitalized. The case count by state is: Connecticut (1), Iowa (1), Illinois (1), Minnesota (1), New York, (1), North Dakota (4), and Washington (4). Illness onset dates range from January 8, 2019 to March 20, 2019. The patient age range is from 29 to 85 years. Jensen Tuna, based in Houma, Louisiana, has recalled their frozen raw ground tuna, which was imported from JK Fish. The tuna was sold in Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, and Washington, and may have been distributed to other states. Anyone who orders sushi, from a restaurant or … [Read more...]

Dungeness Valley Creamery Raw Milk Recalled For Possible E. coli

Dungeness Valley Creamery of Sequim, Washington, is recalling their raw, unpasteurized whole milk, skim milk, and cream because it may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria that can cause illness. Routine sampling by the Washington State Department of Agriculture found the pathogen in retail raw whole milk that was dated 4/6. Dungeness Valley Creamery retail raw whole milk, skim milk, and cream with the best by dates of 4/6 through 4/20 has been recalled. These products were bottled in gallon, half-gallon, quart, and pint containers. They were sold to customers, including retail stores, in western Washington state. Dairy products may be contaminated because ruminant animals such as cows and goats can carry E. coli bacteria in their intestines. The bacteria is excreted in feces, … [Read more...]

Norovirus Outbreak Associated with Dave and Buster’s in Auburn, WA

A norovirus outbreak associated with Dave and Buster's restaurant at 1101 Outlet Collection Way SW, Suite 1057, in Auburn, Washington has sickened at least 12 people, according to King County Public Health. Since April 5, 2019, five people from a single party reported illnesses after eating at that facility on March 31, 2019. Since then, at least 7 employees of that restaurant have been reported ill with the same symptoms. At least one employee worked while ill with norovirus-like symptoms, according to public health officials. Officials have not discovered how norovirus spread throughout the restaurant. The virus is extremely contagious, and can spread through contaminated food and beverages, through contact with surfaces, and person-to-person. Officials from Environmental … [Read more...]

Grimontia hollisae Illnesses at Seafood City in Tukwila, WA

Two people with Grimontia hollisae infections ate raw blue crab purchased live from Seafood City at 1368 Southcenter Boulevard #100 in Tukwila, Washington, according to a press release from King County Public Health. One person was hospitalized because they were so sick. Both have recovered. The two ate a meal at Seafood City on January 18 and 19, 2019. The food safety inspection and current rating for this venue from health officials is satisfactory. One of the sick persons has laboratory-confirmed Grimontia hollisae. There is no such confirmation for the second patient, but the symptoms were the same in both cases. That pathogen is part of the same family as Vibrio bacteria, and causes a similar illness. Symptoms of this illness include nausea, vomiting, and … [Read more...]

Norovirus Outbreaks at California Taco and Tijuana Taco in Washington

Two norovirus outbreaks have been reported at two taco establishments in the the Tacoma area of Washington state, according to Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. There is apparently no link between the two outbreaks. California Tacos, at 14818 Union Avenue SW in Lakewood was closed by the health department on February 26, 2019 for at least 24 hours. Three people in the same group but from separate households reported norovirus symptoms after they ate at tat restaurant. At least two restaurant employees were sick before this outbreak occurred. The outbreak case count was updated on February 27, 2019, with reports of 11 people from three households being sick. Three of the households ate at the restaurant on Sunday, February 24, 2019, and one on Thursday, February 21, 2019. … [Read more...]

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