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UPDATE: Pho Aroma restaurant open again after closure by Public Health; Owners believe story was mis-reported | Westside Seattle Skip to main content January 20, 2018|45 °F Scattered Showers Search Search Secondary links Subscribe Advertise Contact Us Westside Seattle if (typeof googletag !== "undefined") { googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag. }); } NewsBallardHighlineWest SeattlePolice BlotterBallardHighlineWest SeattleCalendarBallardHighlineWest SeattleFeaturesBallardHighlineWest SeattleArts & EntertainmentBallardHighlineWest SeattleObitsBallardHighlineWest SeattleSportsBallardHighlineWest SeattleEatBallardHighlineWest SeattleDwellHealthMoneyShoppingOpinion Recent Articles UPDATE: Pho Aroma restaurant open again after closure by Public Health; Owners believe story was mis-reported Early Notice: Vendor applications open for White Center Jubilee Days Nickel Bros. sends a West Seattle house to British Columbia; Overnight move along Alki Ave SW Power outage hits Ballard and Magnolia- Now restored; Fire in substation was the cause Regional leaders come together to craft community plan to prevent homelessness Herbold: California Ave. and Orchard Street drainage issue solved if (typeof googletag !== "undefined") { googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag. }); } Trending UPDATE: Pho Aroma restaurant open again after closure by Public Health; Owners believe story was mis-reported Early Notice: Vendor applications open for White Center Jubilee Days Nickel Bros. sends a West Seattle house to British Columbia; Overnight move along Alki Ave SW Power outage hits Ballard and Magnolia- Now restored; Fire in substation was the cause Regional leaders come together to craft community plan to prevent homelessness Herbold: California Ave. and Orchard Street drainage issue solved UPDATE: Pho Aroma restaurant open again after closure by Public Health; Owners believe story was mis-reported UPDATE: Pho Aroma restaurant open again after closure by Public Health; Owners believe story was mis-reported   if (typeof googletag !== "undefined") { googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag. }); } Pho Aroma is back open and operating normally after a precautionary two day closure by King County Public Health Dept, following reports of a possible Norovirus contamination. The restaurant, say the owners has been completely sanitized. Photo by Patrick Robinson Sat, 01/20/2018 Update Jan. 20 Pho Aroma at 5605 Delridge Way SW is open again following a closure on Jan 17 due to reports of people becoming sick after eating there. The owners believe that reports on from the Health Department itself, television and local blog were in error and explained that "It was only a precautionary closure for two days. The Health Department didn't even come in and sample anything because they told us there's no way to know where the virus came from. Only one table got sick and it could have come from them and been passed among them." They further explained that it was only one employee and that they had not even eaten at Pho Aroma. Nonetheless they were closed and took the opportunity to complete sanitize the entire restaurant. The owners said, "The Health Department told us the Norovirus only survives 48 hours on a surface, so the closure was precautionary," They wanted to assure people they are back open and operating normally. All previous health inspections at Pho Aroma have rated as "Excellent." Original Post Jan 18 King County Public Health is investigating an outbreak of gastroenteritis with nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea associated with Pho Aroma located at 5605 Delridge Way SW. KCPH said that on January 16, 2018, Public Health learned of 3 ill persons from one meal party that became ill after consuming food and beverage from the restaurant on January 13. They posted the notice on their site explaining:   As part of the Public Health investigation, Environmental Health investigators visited and closed the restaurant on January 17. During the field inspection, investigators identified 2 employees who experienced similar symptoms after the ill customers' meal date of January 13.   We do not have laboratory confirmation of the pathogen responsible for the illness, but symptoms are suggestive of norovirus. Often in norovirus outbreaks, no laboratory testing is done. The exact food or drink item that caused the illness has not been identified, though this is not uncommon for norovirus outbreaks where multiple food items may be contaminated.   About norovirus Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that frequently spreads person-to-person and is often associated with food. Norovirus illness often has a sudden onset of nausea and vomiting and/or watery diarrhea with cramps. A low-grade fever, chills, and body aches sometimes occur.   Norovirus rarely causes severe complications. Dehydration is the most common complication, particularly among young children and the elderly. No vaccine is available for norovirus.  Prevention General advice for reducing risk of contracting norovirus: Wash hands, cutting boards, and counters used for food preparation immediately after use to avoid cross contaminating other foods. Wash hands thoroughly with soap after using the bathroom or changing diapers, and before preparing any food or eating. Wait at least 48 hours after the last episode of vomiting and/or diarrhea before preparing any food for others. 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