As many as 16 people have been infected with Salmonella after a brunch on Father’s Day, June 21, 2015, at Tallulah’s restaurant in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. There have been 9 confirmed cases, with 7 more probable cases. One person required hospitalization because of the Salmonella infection. The victims’ ages range from 4 to 71. The source of the outbreak has been found to be crab and ham eggs Benedict dishes. The dish often includes a sauce made from raw eggs.
The restaurant managers were the first to report the outbreak after they began to receive complaints from customers. After the reporting of the outbreak, the Washington State Department of Agriculture investigated the restaurant’s egg supplier and distributor. They found no violations in the handling or storage of the eggs. The distributor reported that they had no recent positive Salmonella tests, but they do not usually test raw shell eggs.
Salmonella poisoning will cause symptoms such as diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. These symptoms will begin to affect a victim between 12 and 72 hours after infection. Although many cases will resolve themselves within a week without medical attention, sometimes the illness will worsen to the point where contacting a medical professional becomes necessary.