By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

Officials with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department have reported more than two dozen suspected norovirus cases in recent days linked to Poke Pop, 2013 Mildred St. W., in Fircrest.

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26 people have been sickened– 22 report they got ill after they ate at Poke Pop and got ill away from Poke Pop from exposure to customers who reported illness after they ate there, health officials report.

The exposure dates range from Oct. 30-Nov. 4 for everyone who got sick. People got ill about a day and a half after exposure. Their illness lasted about 2 days.

The restaurant was closed late Tuesday where employees cleaned and sanitized the food establishment. In addition, staff threw out all ready-to-eat food ingredients like produce, bread, and cheese.

The restaurant was cleared to reopen on Wednesday.

Norovirus is a highly contagious viral illness that often goes by other names, such as viral gastroenteritis, stomach flu, and food poisoning.

The symptoms include nauseavomitingdiarrhea, and some stomach cramping. Sometimes people additionally have a low-grade fever, chills,headache, muscle aches, and a general sense of tiredness. The illness often begins suddenly, and the infected person may feel very sick. In most people, the illness is self-limiting with symptoms lasting for about 1 or 2 days. In general, children experience more vomiting than adults do.

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