In a follow-up to a report on the norovirus outbreak linked to the New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) anounced late last week they were expanding the investigation.


So far during KDHE’s investigation, more than 390 individuals have reported illness and attended the New Theatre Restaurant from Friday, Jan. 15 to present. Four people who became ill have laboratory specimens that confirmed norovirus.

KDHE would like all persons, those that became ill and those that did NOT become ill, who attended performances since Friday, Jan. 15 to fill out our secure, confidential online survey available at KDHE is still investigating the source of the illness.

Norovirus is different from influenza and is very contagious. Norovirus symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and stomach pain. A person develops symptoms 12 to 48 hours after being exposed and most people get better within one to three days. Norovirus is spread person to person (having contact with someone who is infected with norovirus), through contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces. Norovirus is not spread through the air through coughing, sneezing or talking. The best way to prevent norovirus is proper handwashing. Norovirus causes an estimated 19 to 21 million persons to become ill each year, and is more common in the winter months.