May 23, 2019

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...]

Norovirus Outbreak Associated with La Fuente in Renton, WA

A possible norovirus outbreak has been associated with La Fuente restaurant, located at 14400 South East Petrovitsky Road in Renton, Washington, according to a press release by the King County Public Health Department. Twenty-eight people are sick after eating food and drinking beverages there on January 25, 2019. The 28 people were all from one party. Previous restaurant inspections showed that the restaurant rated "okay." The last inspection was conducted on August 1, 2018. Patrons of the restaurant have been experiencing nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Those are the classic symptoms of norovirus, which is a very contagious pathogen. Environmental Health visited the restaurant on January 29, 2019, and were told that a customer became ill at the restaurant on January 25, … [Read more...]

Outbreak Associated with Thai Woodinville Restaurants in Seattle, WA

A gastroenteritis outbreak is associated with Thai Woodinville restaurant in Woodinville, Washington, according to public health officials. That restaurant is located at 17610 140th Avenue NE. Three people are sick with symptoms of abdominal cramping an diarrhea. Public Health Seattle King County learned of this outbreak on January 24, 2018. Three people from a single meal party started getting sick on January 18, 2019. The symptoms and the timing of illness onset suggest a bacterial toxin may have caused the outbreak. Officials think that Bacillus Cereus or Clostridium perfringens may be involved. Public health officials have not identified the exact food or drink that caused the illness. This type of outbreak happens when large quantities of food are prepared, then not properly … [Read more...]

Bacterial Outbreak Associated With Xi’an Noodles in Seattle Sickens Three

Three people are sick after a bacterial toxin is associated with Xi'an Noodles restaurant in Seattle, Washington. None of the patients have been hospitalized. The people ate at that restaurant on December 21, 2018. King County Public Health is investigating this outbreak. The symptoms patients experienced include abdominal cramps and diarrhea. All three patients were from a single meal party. The press release states that symptoms and timing suggest that a bacterial toxin is responsible for the illnesses, such as Clostridium perfringens or Bacillus cereus. The exact food or beverage served at Xi'an Noodles that caused the illness has not yet been identified. Environmental Health investigators were at the restaurant on December 31, 2018. Earlier food safety inspections and the … [Read more...]

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