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Raw oysters suspected in outbreak; thorough cooking advised

Gastroenteritis illnesses among customers of a Seattle seafood restaurant who ate raw oysters there in June have caught the attention of public health officials, who posted a public notice Wednesday. One person has tested positive for vibriosis infection caused by the Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria and two others have symptoms consistent with vibriosis, according to the… Continue Reading

Diners suffer cramps, diarrhea after eating in Seattle restaurant

A Mexican restaurant on Seattle’s Capitol Hill is under investigation by King County Public Health over a cluster of suspected cases of the bacterial toxins, Bacillus cereus or Clostridium perfringens. Both cause gastroenteritis with abdominal cramps and diarrhea. The health department says four people were sickened after dining at Rancho Bravo Tacos at 1001 East… Continue Reading

Deadly Legionnaires’ disease hits Seattle and Memphis

Waterborne Legionnaires’ disease bacteria has killed two University of Washington Medical Center patients and closed a Memphis beltway hotel. The UW Medical Center has diagnosed five patients with Legionnaires’ disease, including the two who died. In Memphis, six cases of the respiratory disease are linked to the now-closed La Quinta Inn at 2979 Millbranch Rd…. Continue Reading

Update: Seattle restaurant linked to E. coli cluster allowed to reopen

Sept. 16 update: The Matador restaurant in Seattle has been inspected and given approval to reopen as of 2 p.m. Thursday, according to an update from Public Health — Seattle & King County. “They have thoroughly cleaned and sanitized the restaurant, and all opened and prepared food has been discarded,” the statement read. Health inspectors… Continue Reading

E. coli strain associated with Seattle restaurant goes traveling

The number of people ill with the same strain of E. coli associated with the now-closed Matador restaurant in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood has doubled, and the outbreak may be more far-flung than first reported. At least 10 people have been sickened to date, up from the original five, according to Public Health — Seattle & King… Continue Reading

Tests pending in Salmonella outbreak traced to whole hogs

The number of victims in a Salmonella outbreak traced to pork served at a holiday picnic in Seattle is holding steady at 15, and public health officials think it is likely to stay that way. However, it was unknown as of Wednesday whether anyone who did not attend the Good Vibe Tribe Luau on July… Continue Reading

Pub linked to Salmonella cases repeatedly failed inspections

A restaurant whose customers have contracted Salmonella infections has repeatedly failed health inspections but has not been closed down by authorities. The Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant in Seattle had unsatisfactory ratings from public health inspectors three out of four times in the past year, according to documents from Public Health of Seattle & King… Continue Reading

Seattle pub investigated in possible Salmonella outbreak

Test results are pending in an investigation into a possible Salmonella outbreak among customers of Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant in Seattle. At least two customers who recently ate at the chain restaurant have been confirmed with infections caused by the relatively rare Salmonella Thompson bacteria, according to a Friday update by Public Health of… Continue Reading

A Timeline of Chipotle’s Five Outbreaks

The multistate E. coli outbreak linked to Chipotle that began in October has garnered extensive national coverage, but it’s just one of five outbreaks the “fast casual” restaurant chain has had to deal with since July. The other four outbreaks took place in single states; however, three of them were larger than the multistate outbreak…. Continue Reading

Norovirus Outbreak Following Catered Seattle Event Sickens 200 People

An estimated 200 people have reported symptoms of norovirus following a catered event held Tuesday, Dec. 1, at a downtown Seattle office tower. Two people were hospitalized and eight were treated at local emergency rooms. City health officials reportedly closed all food vendors operating at the building while the investigation continues. Approximately 600 people were… Continue Reading