Foodborne illness outbreak investigation summary
Posted July 8, 2016
Public Health is investigating an outbreak of salmonellosis (caused by Salmonella bacteria) associated with Fadó, 801 1st Ave, Seattle 98104. Two people from separate meal parties became ill after eating at the restaurant on 6/16/16; neither person required hospitalization for their illness. Laboratory testing has indicated that the two are infected with the same type of Salmonella bacteria, called Salmonella Thompson. In typical years, fewer than five cases of this strain are reported in King County.
Public Health received the case reports on 6/27/16 and 6/28/16, and the common restaurant exposure was identified during a case interview on 6/29/16. Both ill patrons reported eating bacon cheeseburgers and French fries. A Public Health field investigation of the restaurant on 7/1/16 found several factors that could have contributed to this outbreak, including: inadequate cleaning of equipment, inadequate handwashing, and inadequate handwashing facilities. Environmental sampling of food-contact surfaces was conducted, and results of those tests are pending. The restaurant is working cooperatively with Public Health; a return inspection on 7/7/16 found that all violations were corrected.
Source information will be gathered for ingredients known to be associated with salmonellosis, such as beef, lettuce and tomatoes. This information will allow health officials to trace back to the food’s point of origin if necessary in the event that additional cases are detected and specific food items are suspected.
Salmonellosis is a bacterial infection that is often spread through the fecal-oral route, through contaminated food and water, or through contact with animals and their environments. Symptoms of salmonellosis include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, fever, chills, and abdominal cramping. Illness typically lasts several days and people can spread infection to others even after symptoms resolve.
To prevent Salmonella infection:
- Wash hands with soap and water after going to the bathroom, changing diapers, touching animals, and before eating or preparing food.
- Cook all meats thoroughly, especially poultry.
- Wash cutting boards and counters used for meat or poultry preparation immediately after use to avoid cross contaminating other foods.
For more information about salmonellosis, see: