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Posted February 10, 2016

Public Health investigated an outbreak of gastroenteritis with vomiting and diarrhea associated with Puerto Vallarta restaurant located at 35105 Enchanted Pkwy S, #103, Federal Way. As many as 8 people became ill after eating at the restaurant on 1/30/16. We do not have laboratory confirmation of the etiology, but symptoms are suggestive of norovirus. Often in norovirus outbreaks no laboratory testing is done. Public Health learned of the outbreak late on Tuesday, 2/2. The restaurant worked cooperatively with Public Health, and we have discussed norovirus control measures with the person in charge. Public Health has not received any additional illness reports.

Public Health learned of the outbreak late on Tuesday, 2/2. The restaurant is working cooperatively with Public Health, and we have discussed norovirus control measures with person in charge. Public Health staff will be conducting interviews of ill persons. People who are ill with vomiting or diarrhea for more than 3 days, or who have signs of serious illness like bloody diarrhea should see a health care provider.

About norovirus

Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that is frequently spread person-to-person and is often associated with food. Learn more about norovirus. Norovirus illness often has a sudden onset of nausea and vomiting and/or watery diarrhea with cramps. A low grade fever, chills, and body aches sometimes occur. Norovirus rarely causes severe complications. Dehydration is the most common complication, particularly among young children and the elderly. No vaccine is available for norovirus. Anyone with norovirus symptoms should wait at least 48 hours after their last episode of vomiting and/or diarrhea before preparing food for others. Wash hands with soap and water after using the toilet or changing diapers, and before preparing food or eating. Because raw seafood can be contaminated with norovirus, always cook shellfish and other seafood thoroughly before eating.