The outbreak happened in Maumee, Ohio at a doughnut shop named Mamma C. The number of affected people reached 190 but there's also a possibility of more infection as it can spread from an infected patient to a healthy one.People who had the virus can spread it even two weeks after they lose any symptom.
Toledo-Lucas County Health Department officials said that cases of the virus linked to food eaten at the restaurant has climbed to almost 400 while 27 people fell ill by coming in contact with those who who ate there (secondary infections). They said they are working closely with the health department to clean and sanitize the entire restaurant before being re-inspected.
An Ohio doughnut shop has voluntarily closed as public health workers investigate a norovirus outbreak affecting 266 people, according to county health officials. The doughnuts were sold in two Wood County locations - Grounds for Thought in Bowling Green and a Marathon gas station at 25570 N. Dixie Highway, Perrysburg.
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The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department is expected to update the media on the outbreak on Friday.
Norovirus can cause inflammation of the stomach and intestines.
The small business just got to be unfortunate to house the virus.
Norovirus is spread through contact with infected individuals or through contaminated food prepared by a person who is now or was recently ill.
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Kelly Walkup, Maumee resident and mother of four, said she was shocked to hear about the outbreak.
The restaurant remains closed for deep cleaning on Wednesday.
Anyone who ate anything from Mama C's Donuts & Coffee in recent days and developed symptoms of norovirus is asked to contact the health department at 419-213-4264 or 419-213-4161. The virus is also called food poisoning and it's mostly a nuisance that goes away in a few days.
Norovirus generally spreads more rapidly this time of year and peaks in the winter.
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The genus name Norovirus is derived from Norwalk virus, the only species of the genus.