Anjappar Chettinad Indian Restaurant
Foodborne illness outbreak investigation summary
Posted August 22, 2016
Public Health is investigating an outbreak of gastroenteritis with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and cramps associated with Anjappar Chettinad Indian Restaurant at 14625 NE 24th Street in Bellevue. Seven people from a single party became ill shortly after eating food from the restaurant on 8/21/16; none were hospitalized. Symptoms and timing of illness onset suggest that the cause of the illness was a bacterial toxin. None of the ill persons were tested to confirm which pathogen caused the illness: bacterial toxin illnesses are typically short-lived and by the time people seek care – if they do at all – it has been too long from exposure to test. All who reported illness ate the same dishes containing meat (goat and chicken), which is frequently associated with the bacterial toxins in question.
Public Health received the report of illnesses on 8/22/16 but has not received any other recent reports of illness associated with this restaurant. Public Health performed a field investigation of the restaurant on 8/24/16. During this investigation, inspectors identified factors that may have contributed to this foodborne illness outbreak, including improper cooling and cold holding of potentially hazardous food. Inspectors will return to the restaurant within 14 days to follow up on these procedures.