A follow-up on the botulism and norovirus outbreaks in California

Botulism outbreak in Sacramento County

The California Department of Public Health, in collaboration with Sacramento County Public Health (SCPH) and neighboring county public health departments, is continuing to investigate an outbreak of foodborne botulism. This outbreak is associated with prepared food, particularly nacho cheese sauce, from the Valley Oak Food and Fuel gas station in Walnut Grove (Sacramento County).


The Sacramento County Environmental Management Department collected the nacho cheese sauce on May 5 and stopped the sale of all prepared food at Valley Oak Food and Fuel gas station on May 6. Nine cases have been identified to date.

Norovirus outbreak in Yolo County

In a follow-up on the norovirus outbreak in Yolo County, the outbreak has eclipsed 1000 cases now affecting 40 out of 65 schools in Yolo County, including UC Davis.

Norovirus outbreak in Santa Clara County

According to an NBC report, Santa Clara County health officials confirmed Wednesday that more than 250 South Bay students have contracted norovirus.

Of the 12 San Jose schools that have been affected, Hacienda Environmental Science Magnet School seems to have been hit hardest, with between 80 and 90 students having called in sick so far.