Foodborne illness outbreak investigation summary
Posted March 3, 2016
Public Health is investigating an outbreak of gastroenteritis with vomiting, nausea and diarrhea associated with Small Frye's restaurant located at 4225 Preston Fall City Road SE, Fall City, WA. As many as 4 people became ill after eating at the restaurant on 2/18/16. Public Health learned of the outbreak on 3/1/16.
We do not have laboratory confirmation of the etiology, but symptoms are suggestive of norovirus. Often in norovirus outbreaks no laboratory testing is done. The exact food item that caused the illnesses has not yet been identified, though this is not uncommon for outbreaks of norovirus when multiple food items may be contaminated.
The restaurant is working cooperatively with Public Health. After a field inspection, we identified several factors that could have contributed to this outbreak, including an ill food worker on the premises, inadequate handwashing, and inadequate handwashing facilities. In response, we have suspended the restaurant’s permit so that they may correct these issues, decontaminate the facility, and exclude the ill food worker from the operation.