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Posted January 26, 2016

Public Health investigated an outbreak of norovirus-like illness associated with Maggiano's Little Italy restaurant in Bellevue. People from several unrelated private events at Maggiano's reported symptoms consistent with norovirus following meals that were consumed between January 18th and January 23rd. As many as 60 people may have been impacted by the outbreak, though not all were interviewed directly by Public Health. Several restaurant workers also reported being ill with symptoms consistent with norovirus dating back to January 9th and over the subsequent two weeks.

Public Health learned of the outbreak late on Friday, January 22nd. The restaurant worked cooperatively with Public Health; their food business permit was temporarily suspended to allow time for thorough cleaning and sanitizing and the restaurant was reopened on January 27th. No additional reports of illness have been received following the reopening.

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.