The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department reported on two suspected norovirus outbreaks linked to two taco restaurants starting last week.


The first outbreak is linked to the Tijuana Taco, 1005 Bristol Ave. SW, Lakewood. As of yesterday, 51 customers say they got sick after they ate there.

On Feb. 27, the Health Department closed the restaurant as employees cleaned and sanitized the food establishment to ensure the public is no longer at risk.

Tijuana Taco’s food truck was also temporarily closed.

In addition, health officials reported a suspected norovirus outbreak linked to California Tacos, 14818 Union Ave. SW, in Lakewood.

This unrelated outbreak sickened some 19 people as of Monday.

Like the Tijuana Taco outbreak, the restaurant was closed for cleaning and sanitizing.

Both restaurants reopened late last week.

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The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department says norovirus is highly contagious and always around us. It can cause diarrhea and vomiting, often at the same time. Symptoms typically last a day or two. It’s the same virus often related to cruise ship illness.