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Doughnut shop norovirus outbreak victim count nears 250

Doughnut shop norovirus outbreak victim count nears 250

According to a report by The (Toledo) Blade newspaper and television news station in the area, people who ate the food between the days of August 4 and August 7 became ill with the well-known norovirus symptoms.

At least 250 people have fallen ill after a norovirus outbreak in Toledo area, Ohio. "The best way to stop norovirus is proper hand washing, cleaning surfaces, and staying home when sick", was the only info provided along the graphic and posted on Facebook by the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department.

Health department officials became aware of the norovirus outbreak when local hospitals notified them about a number of people who became ill after eating Mama C's food from August 4 through August 7.

According to health officials, norovirus is common at this time of the year and that food workers (restaurants/resorts/festival booths) experiencing the above mentioned symptoms, should refrain from working (preparing and handling food/drinks/ice) for at least three days after their symptoms go away.

Mama C's donuts closed down on Tuesday to undergo a deep cleaning, complete with a special disinfectant used specifically to treat Norovirus.

Nearly 200 people were sickened by a Norovirus outbreak that was traced back to a local restaurant, and that number continues to climb.

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Kelly Walkup, Maumee resident and mother of four, said she was shocked to hear about the outbreak. Health Commissioner Eric Zgodzinski said, "the issue comes back to when the product stopped being sold and consumed".

But an infected individual can spread the virus up to two weeks after the symptoms disappear, unknowingly passing the virus through close contact like shaking hands.

Image Credit: CDC " Norovirus spreads easily and can cause diarrhea and vomiting.

The Chao's are hoping that another inspection by the health department will allow them to reopen the restaurant soon.

'People are pretty quick to shame them, but it can happen anywhere, ' she told WTOL. I mean, I clean, but my goodness, my house could be carrying a virus for all I know with the people coming in and out, touching things.

'I think it's super unfortunate. While most people recover after just a few days of illness, it can be fatal for the very young or very old, or those with compromised immune systems. He says this incident is an unfortunate reminder that it is the beginning of virus season, and to always do not forget to wash your hands and clean hard surfaces.


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