Norovirus Outbreak Investigated and Controlled in Washington State Restaurant


Seattle-King County public health authorities recently investigated an outbreak of norovirus infection attributed to a single family-oriented restaurant, part of a national chain. The infection may have been introduced by a kitchen employee who apparently worked while sick. Both patrons and employees were affected and the restaurant was closed. Decontamination procedures were upgraded under the guidance of the Health Department and the restaurant reopened after compliance with appropriate food handling procedures was confirmed by audit.