Donut Shop Responsible For Infecting 300 With Norovirus

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The Toledo Blade reports that Norovirus cases linked to food from Mama C's Donuts in Maumee climbed in Lucas County to more than 300.

The Ohio health department became aware of the norovirus outbreak after local hospitals notified the officials about a number of people who complained of certain symptoms after eating Mama C's food.

The outbreak began late last week and all the cases that developed symptoms of the gastrointestinal virus had eaten food from the shop between August 4 and Tuesday, according to health officials. They said they are working closely with the health department to clean and sanitize the entire restaurant before being re-inspected. It isn't expected to reopen Thursday.

Zgodinski said that he is not aware of any secondary infections caused by the norovirus which means that the new people who had fallen sick amidst the outbreak did not do so after coming in contact with other outbreak victims.

Zgodinski said he expects the restaurant to be closed for at least a few more days.

Walkup said she wouldn't hold it against Mama C's if she or her children get sick.

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Calls to Mama C's Donuts and Coffee were not returned Thursday.

The health department said people typically become sick 24 to 48 hours after exposure to the virus, with symptoms lasting one to two days. "Right now, we are in the process of deep cleaning".

Kelly Walkup, Maumee resident and mother of four, said she was shocked to hear about the outbreak. That's why we volunteered to close down to deep clean the story. Thank you so much to all of our valued customers. We feel so, so sorry for everything that happened.

Norovirus, sometimes referred to as the winter vomiting bug in the United Kingdom and Ireland, is the most common cause of viral gastroenteritis in humans. Other symptoms include a fever, headache and body aches, according to the CDC. It affects people of all ages.[1] The virus is transmitted by fecally contaminated food or water, by person-to-person contact, [2] and via aerosolization of vomited virus and subsequent contamination of surfaces.[3] Annually, norovirus is associated with 906,000 outpatient visits in industrialized countries, with 64,200 inpatient hospitalizations.

The genus name Norovirus is derived from Norwalk virus, the only species of the genus.

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