In a follow-up to a report concerning a possible norovirus outbreak in Seattle, health officials have provided updated information concerning the investigation.
Public Health – Seattle & King County officials have distributed a survey to roughly 600 attendees of a catered event that took place last Tuesday at the Russell Investments Center at 1301 Second Avenue in downtown Seattle.
They currently have received some 200 responses and about three out of four respondents reported illness.
Health authorities have closed all of the food establishments in the building.
The building did a thorough disinfection of the facility over the weekend, and have extra staff on hand today for additional cleaning.
Norovirus is highly contagious, and produces symptoms including stomach cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea. It is very common, causing as many as 20 million cases of gastroenteritis in the United States each year. Most people recover within a day or two. However, dehydration can pose a more significant risk to the very young and the elderly. The best way to prevent norovirus from spreading is through thorough hand washing.