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Updated December 11, 2017


  • Public Health is currently investigating an outbreak of salmonellosis (caused by Salmonella bacteria) associated with Miller's Guild restaurant.

  • Six persons from four separate meal parties became ill after eating at the restaurant on different dates during Aug. 15, 2017 – Nov. 3, 2017; one of the ill persons was hospitalized and has since recovered.

  • Laboratory testing has indicated that three of the ill persons were infected with the same strain of Salmonella bacteria, called Salmonella Braenderup by genetic "fingerprint", suggesting they have a common source of infection; the other three ill persons were not tested. In past years, fewer than five cases of this strain of Salmonella Braenderup were reported in King County.

  • On Nov. 27, 2017, Public Health was notified of an additional ill person infected with Salmonella after eating at Miller's Guild restaurant in Seattle between Oct. 15–21. The ill person is an employee at Miller's Guild, but there is no evidence indicating the person is the source of the outbreak.

  • Salmonella was not found in environmental samples collected from the restaurant on Nov. 21. However, epidemiologic and laboratory evidence from ill persons indicated that food served at Miller's Guild was the likely source of this outbreak.

  • As of Dec. 8, there is no evidence of any ongoing spread of salmonellosis associated with this restaurant.

About salmonellosis

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.


General advice for reducing risk of contracting Salmonella:

  1. Wash hands with soap and water after going to the bathroom, changing diapers, touching animals, and before eating or preparing food.
  2. Cook all meats thoroughly, especially poultry.
  3. Wash cutting boards and counters used for meat or poultry preparation immediately after use to avoid cross contaminating other foods.

More information about salmonellosis

  1. Salmonella facts, Public Health — Seattle & King County
  2. Salmonella facts,

Cases: 7
Hospitalizations: 1
Deaths: 0
Status: Investigation is ongoing


Updated December 11, 2017

  • On November 22, 2017, Public Health's Environmental Health investigators completed a return visit to confirm previously identified risk factors were addressed and public health interventions were implemented to prevent further Salmonella infections. Public Health authorized Miller's Guild to reopen on November 23, 2017.

  • On December 5, Public Health's Environmental Health investigators completed a return visit to the restaurant confirming the restaurant's management continues to take appropriate steps to prevent further Salmonella infections.

Posted November 22, 2017

  • As part of the Public Health investigation, Environmental Health investigators visited and closed the restaurant on 11/21/17. During the field inspection, potential risk factors, such as practices that contribute to the risk of cross contamination, were identified and discussed with the owner. During the visit, several environmental samples were collected for laboratory testing to potentially identify the source of Salmonella contamination.

  • The restaurant is working cooperatively with Public Health to do a thorough cleaning and sanitation.

  • To prevent additional illnesses, several public health interventions were identified and the owners were instructed to implement them as a precondition to reopening.

  • Environmental Health investigators plan to revisit the restaurant on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 prior to reopening to ensure all of the identified risk factors have been addressed and all public health interventions were implemented to prevent further Salmonella infections.

Miller's Guild
612 Stewart St
Seattle, WA 98101