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2018 Outbreak of E. coli O26 At Two Restaurants at Nintendo of America Campus, Redmond, Washington

In July 2018 Public Health Seattle King County (PHSKC) announced an outbreak of Shiga toxin E. coli (STEC) associated with I Love Sushi and Sodexo's Café Mario at Nintendo of America campus in Redmond, Washington. Café Mario is operated by Sodexo and is not open to the public. I Love Sushi is a food establishment that operates out of Café Mario once a week. Sixteen people developed symptoms consistent with infection with STEC. All of the ill people work at the Nintendo campus and all 16 people consumed food from Cafe Mario on multiple days before becoming ill. Four of the ill people also ate at I Love Sushi before becoming ill. Illness onsets occurred during June 11-July 5, 2018. Four people were laboratory confirmed with STEC. As of July 13, 2018, three isolates were identified as E. coli O26. One person was hospitalized. No one died. At Cafe Mario potential risk factors were identified including inadequate hand washing practices and improper cold holding temperatures of food. At I Love Sushi, potential risk factors included improper temperature storage of foods. Investigators did not identify any employees of either restaurant who had a recent diarrheal illness.

  • Outbreak began:
  • June 2018
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Washington
  • Organism(s):
  • Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Unknown
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Restaurant
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Cafe Mario, I Love Sushi
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 16
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 4
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 12
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 1
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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