Foodborne Illness Outbreak Database

This database provides summaries of significant food and water related outbreaks occurring since 1984 caused by E. coli, Salmonella, Hepatitis A, Campylobacter and other pathogens. Read more »

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July 18 2018 Outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis Associated with Fremont Bowl, Seattle, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

Public Health Seattle King County (PHSKC) announced an outbreak of Salmonella associated with Fremont Bowl in Seattle. Four people from 3 separate meal parties reported illness after eating at Fremont Bowl from July 27-29, 2018. Three of the four wer…Read More »

May 18 2018 Outbreak of Norovirus at Lockspot Cafe, Seattle, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

in May 2018 Public Health Seattle King County (PHSKC) investigated an outbreak of Norovirus at the Lockspot CafĂ© in Seattle. Three people from 2 separate dining parties became ill after consuming food and beverage at the restaurant between May 12-13…Read More »

April 18 2018 Outbreak of E. Coli O26 Linked to Homegrown Restaurants, King County, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • Chicken pesto sandwich

On May 25, 2018 Public Health Seattle King County (PHSKC) announced an outbreak of E. Coli O26 associated with Homegrown Restaurants. Four cases were reported. Three were laboratory confirmed with a genetically indistinguishable strain of E. Coli …Read More »

March 18 2018 Outbreak of Shigellosis Associated with Eric Gorbman Catering, Seattle, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

Seattle King County Public Health (SKCPH) investigated an outbreak of Shigella infections associated with food prepared by Eric Gorbman Catering. The company catered two events at Temple Beth Am and Temple Beth Shalom in Seattle. As of March 16, 2018…Read More »

January 18 2018 Outbreak of Norovirus, Pho Aroma, Seattle, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

On January 16, 2018 Public Health Seattle King County (PHSKC) learned of 5 ill persons from one meal party that became ill after eating at Pho Aroma located in West Seattle. The meal date was January 13. As part of the investigation PHSKC visited and…Read More »

December 17 2017 Outbreak of Norovirus, Mama Stortini's Restaurant & Bar, Seattle, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • ill food handler

In December 2017 Public Health Seattle King County (PHSKC) staff investigated an outbreak of norovirus among customers of Mama Stortini's Restaurant & Bar located in Seattle. From December 11-12 PHSKC learned of 15 ill persons from 5 different meal p…Read More »

December 17 2017 Outbreak of Norovirus Associated with Raw Oysters, Seattle, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Oysters, Raw

Two people became ill with symptoms consistent with norovirus following a meal held on December 22, 2017 at a restaurant located in Seattle, Washington. The implicated vehicle was raw oysters. No one sought medical care and no one died. Product trac…Read More »

October 17 2017 Norovirus Asssociated with Rachel's Ginger Beer and Ma'ono Fried Chicken, Seattle

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

In October 2017 Public Health Seattle King County investigated an outbreak of gastroenteritis with nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea associated with Rachel's Ginger Beer and Ma'ono in Seattle's University Village. Although there was no laboratory confir…Read More »

September 17 2017 Suspected Norovirus Linked to Raw Oysters, Seattle, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Raw Oysters

In September 2017 four people became ill with symptoms consistent with norovirus associated with eating raw oysters at a sit-down restaurant in Seattle, Washington. The implicated meal date was September 14. No one was hospitalized and no one died. C…Read More »

September 17 2017 Outbreak of Vibrio Parahaemoyticus, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Vibrio
  • Vehicle:
  • Oysters, raw

Six people became ill after eating raw oysters at a Seattle restaurant on September 5, 2017. One person was laboratory confirmed with Vibrio Parahaemolyticus. One person was seen at the emergency department. No one was hospitalized and no one died. I…Read More »

August 17 2017 Outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup Associated with Miller's Guild, Seattle, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef ribs

In November 2017 Public Health Seattle King County (PHSKC) announced an investigation of an outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup among customers of Miller's Guild restaurant. Seven persons from 4 separate meal parties became ill after eating at the rest…Read More »

July 17 2017 Outbreak of Vibrio Parahaemolyticus Linked to Raw Oysters, Seattle, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Vibrio
  • Vehicle:
  • Oysters, raw

One person was laboratory confirmed with vibriosis and another person was described as a "probable" case as a result of consuming raw oysters at a meal on July 14, 2017. The oysters were consumed at a restaurant located in Seattle, Washington. No one…Read More »

June 17 2017 June Outbreak of Vibrio Parahaemolyticus, Salted Sea, Seattle, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Vibrio
  • Vehicle:
  • Oysters, raw

In June 2017 Public Health Seattle King County investigated an outbreak of Vibrio parahaemolyticus among patrons of the Salted Sea, a restaurant located in Seattle. Two people from one dinner party became ill after eating raw oysters at the restauran…Read More »

June 17 2017 Outbreak of Suspected Vibriosis Among Patrons of White Swan Public House, Seattle, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Vibrio
  • Vehicle:
  • Oysters, raw

In July 2017 Public Health Seattle King County (PHSKC) investigated reports of illness among 6 people from two separate dinner parties eating food at White Swan Public House located in Seattle. Ill persons consumed raw oysters. One group ate on June …Read More »

April 17 2017 Outbreak of Gastroenteritis At a Restaurant in Seattle, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Unknown
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

Four people residing in four different households became ill with abdominal cramps and diarrhea following an April 22, 2017 meal of burritos and tacos. Symptoms occurred between 9 hours and 21 hours after the meal. No one sought medical care and no o…Read More »

April 17 2017 Outbreak of Norovirus Linked to Hammersley Inlet Oysters, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • raw oysters

Two people reported symptoms consistent with norovirus after eating raw oysters harvested from Hammersley Inlet in Washington state. The implicated meal date at a Seattle restaurant was April 6, 2017. No one was hospitalized and no one died.…Read More »

March 17 2017 Outbreak of Norovirus, The Crab Pot, Seattle, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

In March 2017 Public Health Seattle King County investigated an outbreak of gastroenteritis among patrons of The Crab Pot located on Alaskan Way in Seattle. Five people from the same meal party became ill after eating at the restaurant on March 4, 20…Read More »

March 17 2017 Outbreak of Suspected Norovirus, Seattle, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

In March 2017 four people experienced symptoms consistent with norovirus following a meal on March 18 at a Seattle restaurant. The average incubation period was 24 hours. All four individuals reported diarrhea and vomiting. One person was seen by a h…Read More »

March 17 2017 Outbreak of Norovirus (Suspected), Seattle, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

Five people residing in different households became ill with symptoms consistent with norovirus following a meal on March 4 at a Seattle restaurant. Two people sought medical attention at an emergency department. No one was hospitalized and no one di…Read More »

March 17 2017 Outbreak of Norovirus Linked to Samish Bay Oysters, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Raw Oysters

In March 2017 twenty-two people developed symptoms consistent with norovirus after consuming raw oysters at a Seattle restaurant between March 10 and March 12, 2017. No one was hospitalized and no one died. No one submitted specimens for laboratory t…Read More »

February 17 2017 Outbreak of Norovirus Linked to Raw Oysters, Seattle, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Raw oysters

Five people from three separate dining parties reported symptoms consistent with norovirus after eating raw oysters at a Seattle restaurant. Meal dates ranged from February 14, 2017 to March 2, 2017. No one was hospitalized and no one died. All parti…Read More »

January 17 2017 Outbreak of Norovirus, Seattle, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

Four people in different households became ill with symptoms consistent with norovirus following a meal on January 4, 2017 at a Seattle, Washington restaurant. The median incubation period was 24 hours, (range 20 to 29 hours). No one sought medical c…Read More »

December 17 2017 Outbreak of Norovirus at a Seattle Restaurant, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Raw Oysters

Two people reported symptoms consistent with norovirus following a meal of raw oysters on February 17, 2017 at a Seattle restaurant. Traceback implicated Pick Pass oyster bed in Washington state as the source of the oysters. No one was hospitalized a…Read More »

August 15 2015 E. coli O157 Linked to Los Chilangos food truck, Seattle, Washington

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

Public Health Seattle King County investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157 linked to consumption of food sold by a mobile vendor, Los Chilangos. In total 13 people became ill (12 laboratory confirmed, 1 probable case). Exposure dates ranged from Augu…Read More »

December 15 2015 E. coli O157 Outbreak Linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill, Seattle, Washington

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

In early August 2015 Public Health Seattle King County (PHSKC) investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157 that occurred among five patrons of Chipotle Mexican Grill located at 1415 Broadway in Seattle, Washington. Illness onset dates occurred on July 2…Read More »

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