About one year ago, more than 100 salmonella cases were reported in a Washington state outbreak which was determined to the linked to pork from Kapowsin Meats in Pierce County.
Now, Public Health-Seattle and King County is investigating another outbreak of salmonellosis associated with a Good Vibe Tribe Luau held on 7/3/16 from 6:00-11:00 PM at Golden Gardens Park in Seattle.
To date, at least six salmonella cases have been confirmed, no one has required hospitalization for their illness.
Health officials say their investigation has linked the outbreak to pork came from Kapowsin Meats. Foods served at the event included: rotisserie roasted pig, parilla (barbecued beef), congri (black beans and rice), tropical fruit salad, Hawaiian salad (pineapple cole slaw), Hawaiian sweet bread, and corn on the cob. The event organizers are working cooperatively with Public Health.
Event organizer, Good Vibe Tribe, released the following statement:
It’s been brought to our attention that several guests at the Luau on July 3rd at Golden Gardens got sick after the event, and have been diagnosed with Salmonella. We’re working closely with Public Health Seattle & King County to figure out what happened and identify whether potentially contaminated foods were served at the event.
If you or a family member attended this event, even if you did not get ill,please take a few minutes to complete the following survey. Comparing food histories between those who became ill and those who did not can help determine what might have caused illness and prevent others from becoming sick. Click here to access the survey.
If you are currently ill please contact your health care provider to discuss testing and treatment options. The typical incubation period (time between exposure to the bacteria and symptom onset) for Salmonella is 15 days, so if you attended the event and have not yet developed symptoms, it is unlikely you will become ill.
Our number one concern is the health and safety of our friends and the community. We’re making every effort to be transparent and proactive to help determine exactly what happened and will share more information as it becomes available.
Salmonellosis is a bacterial infection that is often spread through the fecal-oral route, through contaminated food and water, or through contact with animals and their environments. Symptoms of salmonellosis include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, fever, chills, and abdominal cramping. Illness typically lasts several days and people can spread infection to others even after symptoms resolve.