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Highlights

January 8, 2018

  • This outbreak appears over since there is no evidence of any ongoing spread of illness related to this restaurant.

  • Public Health has learned of an additional 16 persons from 6 separate meal parties who became ill with symptoms consistent with norovirus after consuming food and beverage at Wild Ginger in Bellevue, from December 22–24. We have also identified 2 additional employees who experienced similar symptoms dating back to December 23.

Posted December 29, 2017

  • Public Health is investigating an outbreak of gastroenteritis with nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea associated with Wild Ginger in Bellevue.

  • On December 26, 2017, Public Health learned of 5 ill persons from one meal party that became ill after consuming food and beverage from the restaurant on December 22. We have since identified 4 employees who experienced similar symptoms dating back to December 21.

  • We do not have laboratory confirmation of the pathogen responsible for the illness, but symptoms are suggestive of norovirus. Often in norovirus outbreaks, no laboratory testing is done. The exact food or drink item that caused the illness has not been identified, though this is not uncommon for norovirus outbreaks where multiple food items may be contaminated.

About norovirus

  • Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that frequently spreads person-to-person and is often associated with food. 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.

Prevention

General advice for reducing risk of contracting norovirus:

  1. Wash hands, cutting boards, and counters used for food preparation immediately after use to avoid cross contaminating other foods.
  2. Wash hands thoroughly with soap after using the bathroom or changing diapers, and before preparing any food or eating.
  3. Wait at least 48 hours after the last episode of vomiting and/or diarrhea before preparing any food for others.

More information about norovirus

  1. Norovirus facts, Public Health — Seattle & King County
  2. Norovirus facts, Foodsafety.gov
AT-A-GLANCE

Cases: 27
Hospitalizations: 0
Deaths: 0
Status: Complete

PUBLIC HEALTH ACTIONS

December 29, 2017

  • Environmental Health investigators visited the restaurant on December 26. During the field visit, investigators did not identify any risk factors that could contribute to the spread of norovirus, however they did observe other violations related to improper hot and cold holding of foods.

  • The restaurant is working cooperatively with Public Health and began a thorough cleaning and sanitizing of the restaurant on December 26.

  • Environmental Health investigators revisited the restaurant on December 27 to ensure that proper cleaning and sanitizing of the restaurant was completed and that all violations had been corrected.

  • Environmental Health investigators revisited the restaurant again on December 29 to ensure employees are maintaining a high level of hand hygiene and not working while ill.

  • Ill staff will be required to remain out until they are symptom-free for at least 48 hours.
LOCATION

Wild Ginger
500 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004