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  • Cases: 4
  • Hospitalizations: 1
  • Deaths: 0
  • Status: Investigation is completed
  • Locations: Fremont Bowl, 4258 Fremont Ave N Ste #4262, Seattle, WA 98103
  • Meal dates: July 27-29, 2018
  • Prior food safety inspections and current rating?


Updated December 7, 2018


This outbreak appears to be over. Public Health investigated an outbreak of salmonellosis (caused by Salmonella bacteria) associated with Fremont Bowl in Seattle.  The exact food or drink item that caused the illnesses has not been identified.


Since August 8, we learned of four people from three separate meal parties who reported becoming ill after eating at Fremont Bowl during July 27-29, 2018. One of the ill people was hospitalized and has since recovered. There is no indication that any employees of the restaurant have had any symptoms consistent with salmonellosis.

Public Health actions

On August 9, 2018, Environmental Health investigators completed an inspection at Fremont Bowl where potential risk factors were identified, including inadequate hand washing, lack of temperature controls, and risk of cross contamination; corrective actions were discussed with Fremont Bowl management. On August 10, 2018, Environmental Health investigators re-visited and closed the establishment because many of the corrective actions were not completed.

On August 13, 2018, Environmental Health investigators re-visited Fremont Bowl. They provided food safety training to all staff, confirmed that a thorough cleaning and disinfection had been completed, and all processed, ready-to-eat foods had been discarded. Fremont Bowl was allowed to re-open on August 13, 2018.

Laboratory testing

Three of the four people who got sick tested positive for Salmonella Enteritidis by a healthcare provider. The fourth person ate at Fremont Bowl prior to becoming ill with symptoms consistent with salmonellosis.

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About Salmonella

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.

Ill persons with a suspected Salmonella infection should not work in food handling, patient care, or childcare while having vomiting or diarrhea.

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.

More information about Salmonellosis

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