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2018 Outbreak of Shigellosis Associated with Eric Gorbman Catering, Seattle, Washington

Seattle King County Public Health (SKCPH) investigated an outbreak of Shigella infections associated with food prepared by Eric Gorbman Catering. The company catered two events at Temple Beth Am and Temple Beth Shalom in Seattle. As of March 16, 2018 there were 60 outbreak associated cases. Four people required hospitalization. At least 2 employees at Eric Gorbman Catering also reported symptoms following the events but these employees did not report working while ill.

  • Outbreak began:
  • March 2018
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Washington
  • Organism(s):
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Unknown
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Private event
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Eric Gorbman Catering
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 60
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 12
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 48
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 4
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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