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Norovirus-like illness associated with Mazatlan Restaurant in Auburn

Cases 13
Hospitalizations 0
Deaths 0
Status Investigation is complete
Location Mazatlan Restaurant, 110 Cross Street SE, Auburn, WA 98002
Meal dates May 21, 2021
Prior food safety inspections and current rating? GOOD

Highlights, updated June 24, 2021


Public Health investigated an outbreak of norovirus-like illness with vomiting, diarrhea, body aches, and chills associated with Mazatlan Restaurant in Auburn.

We have not identified how norovirus was spread within the restaurant. This is not uncommon for norovirus outbreaks because the virus can spread through multiple contaminated food items, environmental surfaces, and from person to person.


Since May 24, 2021, 13 people from one meal party reported becoming ill after consuming food from Mazatlan Restaurant on May 21, 2021. No ill employees have been identified.

Public Health actions

Environmental Health investigators visited the restaurant on May 26, 2021. Investigators did not find any risk factors that are known to contribute to the spread of norovirus. The restaurant closed voluntarily to conduct a thorough cleaning and disinfection. Investigators revisited the restaurant on June 10, 2021 and ensured ongoing compliance with proper food handling practices and employee health and hygiene.

Laboratory testing

We do not have laboratory testing for the people who got sick. Often in norovirus outbreaks, no laboratory testing is done because people tend to get better within a day or two. Symptoms among those who got sick are suggestive of norovirus.