Foodborne illness outbreak investigated at The Crab Pot

King County health leaders are investigating a foodborne illness outbreak that occurred at popular waterfront restaurant The Crab Pot.

Five people from the same party became sick after eating at the restaurant on March 4.

According to a health notice posted on Tuesday, an outbreak of gastroenteritis with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea was investigated.

Symptoms are suggestive of norovirus, though the health department doesn’t have a laboratory confirmation. Often in norovirus outbreaks, no laboratory testing is done.

During a field inspection, the health department identified a violation related to improper hand-washing facilities, which are a risk factor for spreading norovirus.

The Crab Pot restaurant was not closed at any point.

No ill workers were identified, and the restaurant completed appropriate cleaning and disinfection of the facility.

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