More than 400 norovirus cases have been reported in Ohio and the outbreak is being linked to Mama C’s Donuts in Maumee, according to a Toledo Blade report.
Toledo-Lucas County Health Department officials said that cases of the virus linked to food eaten at the restaurant has climbed to nearly 400 while 27 people fell ill by coming in contact with those who who ate there (secondary infections).
As of Friday, 325 cases were reported in Lucas County, while Wood County saw 69 cases.
The outbreak began late last week and all the cases that developed symptoms of the gastrointestinal virus had eaten food from the shop between Aug. 4 and Tuesday, according to health officials.
On Friday, health inspectors cleared Mama C’s Donuts to resume business. Owners have cooperated with investigators throughout the process, health officials note.
The symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, 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.
Norovirus is spread person to person particularly in crowded, closed places. Norovirus is typically spread through contaminated food and water, touching surfaces or objects contaminated with norovirus and then putting your hand or fingers in your mouth and close contact with someone who is vomiting or has diarrhea.
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