Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Norovirus Outbreak Strikes Toledo Area; 266 Sickened

Norovirus Outbreak Strikes Toledo Area; 266 Sickened

A spokesperson from the health department says the restaurant has been very cooperative and voluntarily closed on Tuesday to deep clean the kitchen and sanitize the entire facility.

The Toledo Blade reports that Norovirus cases linked to food from Mama C's Donuts in Maumee climbed in Lucas County to more than 300.

The illnesses have been tracked to customers who ate at the shop between August 4 to August 7.

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"I was texted Sunday morning about 2 a.m. or so that there was something going on". The health commissioner said that the joint could open on Friday. According to Greg Moore, program coordinator with the county health department, "specimens" were sent to the Ohio Department of Health for norovirus testing and three came back positive for the virus.

Norovirus causes around 20 million cases of gastrointestinal illness in the United States each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and it spreads easily in any area of close contact.

A norovirus outbreak tied to a local OH doughnut shop has sickened more than 200 people, including 15 young children at an eight-year-old's birthday party.

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The virus causes inflammation in the stomach and intestines, leading to stomach pain, nausea and diarrhea. "Monday morning, we came in and started the investigation and found out that, at this point in time, the investigation is looking to Mama C's out in Maumee relative to a norovirus outbreak", Zgodinski told WTOL-TV. Twelve people are sick with norovirus in that county. They explained what the symptoms are, and which precautions you should take if you have them. Sometimes people additionally have a low-grade fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, and a general sense of tiredness.

The best way to prevent a norovirus outbreak is to wash your hands well often during the day. An affected person could still spread the virus even two weeks after the symptoms go away.

The health department said people typically become sick 24 to 48 hours after exposure to the virus, with symptoms lasting one to two days. It can pass on through direct contact, like shaking hands, kisses, shared drinks, or just a normal-distance conversation.

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