Mexican restaurant in Washington subject of investigation after suspected norovirus outbreak: Norovirus Lawyer Investigates
California Tacos, a Mexican restaurant in Lakewood, Washington, closed temporarily while health department investigators determined the source of a norovirus outbreak among customers and employees. The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department received reports of 11 illnesses in customers suffering from norovirus symptoms.
In addition to the customers who fell ill, two restaurant employees became sick with norovirus symptoms between February 20 and February 23, 2019. Restaurant customers who ate at California Tacos between February 21 and February 24, 2019, reported becoming sick.
Health officials inspected California Tacos, located at 14818 Union Ave. SW in Lakewood, after receiving reports of norovirus and determined that employees had to properly clean and sanitize the restaurant before it would be allowed to reopen. Employees were also required to dispose of all ready-to-eat foods, including vegetables, bread, and cheese. Investigators were satisfied that those requirements were met and have since reopened California Tacos to customers. Investigators, and Norovirus lawyer Ron Simon, are still investigating how the virus was introduced into California Tacos in the first place.
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The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has investigated at least four restaurant-based norovirus outbreaks in the past year, with approximately 500 people becoming sick after eating in area restaurants.
Another recent incident occurred at Tijuana Taco, also in Lakewood. Customers and employees reported becoming sick within the same timeframe as the California Tacos illnesses, but health officials have yet to determine a connection between the two restaurants. At least five people became ill after eating at Tijuana Taco on February 22. Two employees reported become sick on February 23, after working at the restaurant the previous day.
Tijuana Taco was also closed for cleaning and sanitation. Health officials also required that they dispose of all ready-to-eat food ingredients like produce, bread, and cheese. The Tijuana Taco food truck was closed as well, as the food for the truck comes from the restaurant where the source of the norovirus is suspected to be.
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Oysters probable source of norovirus outbreak
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has confirmed that raw oysters harvested in Canada are potentially contaminated and may be the source of a norovirus outbreak in many US states. The oysters were harvested in the south and central parts of Baynes Sound, British Columbia. They have been distributed to Alaska, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, and Washington state. Additional states may also have received the potentially contaminated oysters.
At least 100 people have reported oyster-related illnesses in California. The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are working with the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, as well as state and local organizations to investigate the norovirus outbreak.
Raw oysters can cause food-related illnesses, such as those associated with norovirus infection, particularly in people with compromised immune systems. Food contaminated with noroviruses cannot easily be detected, as it may look, smell, and taste normal. Consumers who have purchased raw oysters in any of the infected areas should not eat them. These oysters should be disposed of properly.
Most people infected with norovirus develop diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and stomach pain. Diarrhea tends to be watery and non-bloody. Diarrhea is more common in adults and vomiting is more common in children.
Consumers should seek medical help for severed symptoms of norovirus infection, which include diarrhea that lasts for more than 3 days, or is accompanied by high fever, blood in the stool, or so much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down and you pass very little urine.
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