Irene Thai Cuisine
Foodborne illness outbreak investigation
Posted October 6, 2016
Public Health is investigating an outbreak of gastroenteritis with vomiting, nausea and diarrhea associated with Irene Thai Cuisine located at 17530 132nd Ave NE #F, Woodinville, WA. As many as 6 people became ill after eating food delivered from the restaurant on September 30, 2016. Public Health learned of the outbreak on October 4th.
We do not have laboratory confirmation of the etiology, but symptoms are suggestive of norovirus. Often in norovirus outbreaks no laboratory testing is done. The exact food item that caused the illnesses has not yet been identified, though this is not uncommon for outbreaks of norovirus when multiple food items may be contaminated.
The restaurant is working cooperatively with Public Health. During a field inspection, we identified a food worker that had been ill recently, which is a risk factor for spreading norovirus. In response, we have suspended the restaurant’s permit so that they may decontaminate the facility.