SEATTLE, WA – At least 17 people have been sickened – and one hospitalized – in a food poisoning outbreak linked to food served recently at two Seattle Jewish temples, according to King County.
The illnesses stem from private parties at Temple Beth Am, 2632 NE 80th St., and Temple Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE in early March. Both events were catered by Eric Gorbman Catering, 17725 28th Ave. NE in Lake Forest Park, according to King County. Attendees also brought their own food to share.
Two of the people sickened work for the caterer, and health officials believe they became ill after the events.
King County has confirmed that Shigella bacteria is behind at least one of the illnesses. Shigella causes gastroenteritis, and symptoms can last up to 7 days. Even after recovering, Shigella victims can still spread the bacteria and sicken others.