March 21, 2019

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...]

Salmonella Outbreak in Washington Linked to Costco Cucumbers; Lawsuits Possible

A Salmonella outbreak in Washington state has been linked to Costco cucumbers that were sold in those stores in August and September, 2018. At least six people are sick in this outbreak. The outbreak notice did not state whether or not anyone has been hospitalized, the patient age range, or when the illnesses began. It also did not name the strain of Salmonella that has sickened people. The case count by county is: King (1), Snohomish (1), Thurston (1), Yakima (2), and Pierce (1). All were sickened with the same strain of Salmonella bacteria. Five of the six people sickened said they bought and ate Costco cucumbers English cucumbers from various stores in the state. These are English cucumbers that were sold in three-packs of individually wrapped cucumbers. If you purchased … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Associated with Service Deli at Costco in Issaquah, WA; Lawsuits Possible

A Salmonella outbreak is associated with the service deli at the Costco Wholesale Warehouse at 1801 10th Avenue North West in Issaquah, Washington, according to a press release issued by Seattle King County Health Department. At least seven people are sick in this outbreak. One person has been hospitalized. The service deli prepares and sells ready-to-eat foods, such as pork ribs, sandwiches, rotisserie chicken, wraps, mac and cheese, poke, shrimp cocktail, and cilantro lime shrimp. At this time, the source of the illnesses has not been identified. Everyone who was sick has since recovered. The outbreak was reported starting on August 28,. 2017. The strain of Salmonella bacteria is Salmonella I,4,[5], 12:i:-. DNA fingerprinting was performed on isolates taken from patients; all … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak Linked to WA Dungeness Valley Creamery Raw Milk Sickens Two; Lawsuits Possible

An E. coli outbreak that sickened a child under the age of 5 and a person in their 70s is linked to raw milk from Dungeness Valley Creamery raw milk in Olympia, Washington. The child lives in Island county and the older adult lives in Clallam County. The press release from the Washington State Department of Health states that they got sick "with an E. coli infection after drinking Dungeness Valley Creamery raw milk." Dr. Scott Lindquist, Washington state communicable disease epidemiologist, said in a statement, "Raw milk doesn’t go through the pasteurization process where harmful germs and bacteria are destroyed. This puts infants, young children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with a weakened immune system at a greater risk of illness when they drink it." Food safety … [Read more...]

Fremont Bowl Associated with Salmonella Outbreak in Seattle, Washington

The Fremont Bowl restaurant in Seattle, Washington state has been associated with a Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak, according to the Seattle King County Health Department. At least four people are sick in this outbreak; one person has been hospitalized because their illness is so severe; that person has since recovered and has been released. The Fremont Bowl is located at 4258 Fremont Avenue N. Ste. #4262 in Seattle. those sickened ate there on July 27 - July 29, 2018. The patients were part of three separate meal parties. The press release stated that there is no indication that any employees of the restaurant have been ill with symptoms that are consistent with salmonellosis. Environmental Health inspectors completed an inspection at Fremont Bowl on August 9, 2018. They … [Read more...]

Burien Fresh Smoothies in Washington Associated With Salmonella Outbreak

Burien Fresh Smoothies in Burien, Washington is associated with a Salmonella Braenderup outbreak, according to a press release by Seattle-King County Public Health Department. At least seven people are sick, and two people were so ill that they were hospitalized. Officials have not identified the source of illness. Seven people from three separate parties have been ill after consuming food at the restaurant from August 6 through August 8, 2018. The people who were hospitalized have since recovered and have been released. Five of the seven patients have tested positive for Salmonella Braenderup. Officials are waiting for genetic fingerprint results, and results from food samples taken from the restaurant. The restaurant was inspected on August 15, 2018 as part of the … [Read more...]

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