Habit Burger Grill Norovirus Outbreak
Marler Clark represented five of the victims in this Norovirus outbreak linked to the Habit Burger Grill, located in Shoreline, Washington.
As of June 3, 2021, the Seattle King County Department of Health reported 23 Norovirus cases linked to the Habit Burger Grill at 1253 North 205th Street in Shoreline, Washington.
Following 6 unrelated meal parties at the Habit Burger Grill, from May 21-May 24, 2021, 23 people became ill with symptoms of Norovirus infection. These symptoms included, vomiting, diarrhea, body aches, and chills.
When local health investigators visited the restaurant on May 25, 2021, they found no risk factors that are known to contribute to a Norovirus outbreak. In addition, no ill employees had been reported. After a thorough inspection, the Habit Burger Grill was asked to conduct a mandatory cleaning and disinfection of the restaurant.
Upon a follow up visit on May 28, investigators provided an onsite food safety and employee illness training with staff. They emphasized the need for regular cleaning, disinfection, hand-washing, and no bare hand contact with ready to eat foods. To ensure that the restaurant followed this protocol, investigators planned to revisit this location in the future.