Almost 240 norovirus cases linked to Maumee doughnut shop

Almost 240 norovirus cases linked to Maumee doughnut shop

Almost 240 norovirus cases linked to Maumee doughnut shop

County officials are also investigating whether a dozen of the cases are tied to doughnuts the store provided to nearby businesses. Toledo-Lucas County Health Department officials said during a news conference that cases of the virus linked to food eaten at the restaurant has climbed to 300 while 19 people fell ill by coming in contact with those who ate there. All had similar symptoms and had eaten food from the shop between August 4 and Tuesday, health department officials said.

Mama C's owners Dar and Yann Chao said they are working with the health department to find out what caused the outbreak.

Mama C's voluntarily closed on Tuesday for cleaning and has yet to reopen. Norovirus is a nasty disease that inflames the stomach and intestines. Norovirus can be fatal to some people, especially children, the elderly and those with compromised immune system.

"I was texted Sunday morning about 2 a.m. or so that there was something going on".

Thursday morning the victim count was 214.

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The health department got three positive resutls for norovirus after testing specimens. "Right now, we are in the process of deep cleaning".

Kelly Walkup, Maumee resident and mother of four, said she was shocked to hear about the outbreak.

A sign posted on the restaurant on Wednesday stated that it was closed because they were out of doughnuts. The store was very cooperative letting the health workers clean the kitchen and sanitize the entire facility, according to a spokesman for the health department. Thank you so much to all of our valued customers. We feel so, so sorry for everything that happened.

Norovirus generally spreads more rapidly this time of year and peaks in the winter. It affects people of all ages.[1] The virus is transmitted by fecally contaminated food or water, by person-to-person contact, [2] and via aerosolization of vomited virus and subsequent contamination of surfaces.[3] Annually, norovirus is associated with 906,000 outpatient visits in industrialized countries, with 64,200 inpatient hospitalizations.

Other symptoms of the norovirus are nausea, abdominal pain or camps, watery or loose diarrhea, malaise, low-grade fever, and muscle pain.

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