maggianosFB.0.0Public Health is currently investigating an outbreak of norovirus-like illness associated with Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant in Bellevue. We are in the early stages of our investigation so information could change. Preliminary information indicates that as many as 50 who attended a private event at the restaurant on 1/18/16 may have come down with norovirus following the event. One or more of the attendees may have already been ill at the time of the event. Several restaurant workers were also believed to be ill with symptoms consistent with norovirus dating back to 1/9/16 and over the subsequent two weeks. We currently do not have laboratory confirmation that this is definitively norovirus, but often in norovirus outbreaks no laboratory testing is done. If and when we get confirmation we will update this information on this website.

Public Health learned of the outbreak late on Friday, 1/21. The restaurant is working cooperatively with Public Health, and we have suspended their food business permit in order to allow time for thorough cleaning and sanitizing. Public Health staff will be conducting interviews of ill persons. People who are ill with vomiting or diarrhea for more than 3 days, or who have signs of serious illness like bloody diarrhea should see a health care provider.