Norovirus Outbreak Shuts Down Seattle Restaurant

Mama Stortini’s Restaurant & Bar in Northgate Mall, Seattle WA, is under investigation for a possible norovirus outbreak.

KING-TV reports King County Health Department officials learned of 15 people who became ill after eating food served here around December 5th.

Investigators visited and closed the restaurant on December 12.

During inspection, investigators identified 14 employees who experienced nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea; which are symptoms associated with Norovirus.

Officials have not yet determined the cause of the illness; however, King County Health Department officials say these symptoms suggest Norovirus is the cause for illness.

If this outbreak can happen here, it is possible for it to happen anywhere.

This illness is preventable, but it is something to avoid coming across with in the first place.

Health experts say the best way to prevent contracting Norovirus is to wash your hands thoroughly, and to use a non-alcoholic hand sanitizer to stay sanitized.

(Original Article: https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/washington/articles/2017-12-15/seattle-restaurant-closed-after-possible-norovirus-outbreak)

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