According to KIRO News, the Washington Department of Health is advising residents to not serve or eat certain oysters after an outbreak of norovirus across the Seattle area.

Since March 7, 62 residents have reported norovirus-like symptoms after eating oysters harvested from the south and central parts of Baynes Sound, British Columbia, Canada.

The following is a list of locations, date of occurrence and the number of people affected are listed here:

Elliott’s Oyster House 1201 Alaskan Way Pier 56, Seattle – 3/13/2022 – Number reported ill 1

The Pink Door 1919 Post Alley, Seattle – 3/15/2022 – Number reported ill 3

The Pink Door 1919 Post Alley, Seattle – 3/15/2022 – Number reported ill 2

Enzo’s Bistro & Bar 120 NW Gilman Blvd, Issaquah – 3/15/2022 – Number reported ill 2

Omega Ouzeri 1529 14th Ave, Seattle – 3/16/2022 – Number reported ill 2

Taylor Shellfish 124 Republican St, Seattle – 3/17/2022 – Number reported ill 3

Enzo’s Bistro & Bar 120 NW Gilman Blvd, Issaquah – 3/17/2022 – Number reported ill 2

The Pink Door 1919 Post Alley, Seattle – 3/17/2022 – Number reported ill 4

Ray’s Boathouse 6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle – 3/18/2022 – Number reported ill 2

Ray’s Boathouse 6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle – 3/18/2022 – Number reported ill 5

Ray’s Boathouse 6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle – 3/19/2022 – Number reported ill 3

Goldfinch Tavern at Four Seasons Hotel 99 Union St, Seattle – 3/20/2022 – Number reported ill 2

Goldfinch Tavern at Four Seasons Hotel 99 Union St, Seattle – 3/21/2022 – Number reported ill 3

Ray’s Boathouse 6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle – 3/23/2022 – Number reported ill 3

Shucker’s at Fairmont Olympic Hotel 411 University St, Seattle – 3/25/2022 – Number reported ill 1

Ivar’s Acres of Clams 1001 Alaskan Way Ste. 102, Seattle – 3/25/2022 – Number reported ill 2

Omega Ouzeri 1529 14th Ave, Seattle – 3/25/2022 – Number reported ill 2

Ray’s Boathouse 6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle – 3/25/2022 – Number reported ill 2

Taylor Shellfish 1521 Melrose Ave, Seattle – 3/26/2022 – Number reported ill 1

Duke’s Seafood and Chowder 1111 Fairview Ave N, Seattle – 3/28/2022 – Number reported ill 2

Chinook’s at Salmon Bay 1900 W Nickerson St # 103, Seattle – 3/31/2022 – Number reported ill 1

Kappo Tamura Sushi 2968 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle – 3/31/2022 – Number reported ill 1

Barking Frog Restaurant 14580 NE 145th St, Woodinville – 4/1/2022 – Number reported ill 1

Barking Frog Restaurant 14580 NE 145th St, Woodinville – 4/1/2022 – Number reported ill 1

All Water Seafood & Oyster Bar 1000 1st Ave, Seattle – 4/1/2022 – Number reported ill 1

Il Terrazzo Carmine 411 1st Ave S, Seattle – 4/2/2022 – Number reported ill 4

Il Terrazzo Carmine 411 1st Ave S, Seattle – 4/2/2022 – Number reported ill 3

Canada reports: As of April 8, 2022, there have been 328 cases of norovirus and gastrointestinal illness linked to consumption of British Columbia oysters reported in the following provinces: British Columbia (293), Alberta (3), Saskatchewan (1), Manitoba (15 ) and Ontario (16). Individuals became sick between mid-January and early April 2022, and no deaths have been reported. Although not all cases of illness have been tested, testing of several cases has confirmed the presence of a norovirus infection.

The CDC reports: As of April 6, 2022, at least 103 norovirus illnesses have been reported from 13 states: CDC is working with state and local partners to determine a more accurate number of illnesses in this outbreak and will update this number as more information is gathered. FDA Advises Restaurants and Retailers Not to Serve or Sell Potentially Contaminated Raw Oysters from Canada.

States impacted (thus far): California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington. Thus far California reports (34), Hawaii reports (4), Minnesota reports (29) and Washington reports (62).

California: (34) The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) warned consumers April 2, 2022, not to eat raw oysters from British Columbia, Canada because they may be linked to an outbreak of norovirus illnesses in California. In California, at least 34 persons have become ill following the consumption of oysters at nine restaurants located throughout the state. Illness has been reported from March 11 through 19, 2022.

Minnesota: (29) On April 1, 2022, the Minnesota Department of Health, Hennepin County Public Health, and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture are working with federal officials and public health agencies in other states and Canada to investigate norovirus illnesses associated with oysters. 29 Minnesotans have been sickened in this outbreak. They became ill with confirmed or suspected norovirus gastroenteritis after eating raw oysters at Travail Kitchen in Robbinsdale on March 20.

Hawaii: (4) Hawaiian Health officials are warning the public of a norovirus outbreak linked to raw oysters from Canada that were distributed to restaurants and retailers in various US states, including Hawaii, where several cases have been confirmed. The Hawaii Department of Health said as of late Tuesday, there have been four suspect cases of norovirus associated with raw oysters reported in the state. Three of the four suspect cases consumed raw oysters in Hawaii County, and one consumed raw oysters in Honolulu County, between March 8 and 22.

Washington: (62) The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has updated its advisory to Washington residents to not serve or eat certain oysters harvested from the south and central parts of Baynes Sound, British Columbia, Canada until further notice. The advisory is in alignment with the recent release from the US Food and Drug Administration on a multi-state outbreak of norovirus illness linked to raw oysters.

About Norovirus: Norovirus is a highly contagious virus and can be spread easily from person-to-person, through contaminated surfaces, and by eating contaminated food, including raw or undercooked oysters. Symptoms of norovirus usually begin 12 to 48 hours after a person has encounter the virus and can last for 1 to 3 days. Common symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, and stomach cramps. People who develop symptoms of norovirus infection should consult their health care providers. Also, see: What do you need to know about Norovirus and Raw Oysters.

Norovirus makes its way into the marine environment through untreated human sewage (poop) and vomit. This may come from leaky septic systems, faulty wastewater treatment plants, boaters, or beachgoers. Shellfish are filter feeders, which means they filter seawater through their bodies to get food floating in the water. When norovirus particles are in the water, shellfish can accumulate the virus in their bodies. For a bit of history: A Baker’s Dozen of years of Oyster Norovirus Outbreaks.

Some oyster harvest areas in British Columbia that have been associated with illnesses in this outbreak have been closed as a part of the investigation. The CFIA has issued several food recalls throughout February, March, and April. For more information on the recalled products, please consult the Government of Canada’s Recalls and Safety Alerts website. Government of Canada Recalls and Safety Alerts:

Norovirus Lawyers and Attorneys: Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law companies representing victims of Norovirus outbreaks. The Norovirus lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Norovirus and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $ 800 million for clients. Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation. Our Norovirus lawyers have litigated Norovirus cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a number of food products and restaurants.

If you or a family member became ill with Norovirus after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Norovirus attorneys for a free case evaluation.

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