April 16, 2014

Another Norovirus Outbreak in Indiana

Tables in a restaurantAnother norovirus outbreak at another Mexican restaurant in Fort Wayne, Indiana has been reported. John Silcox, director of Communications for the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health, confirmed that illness reports from consumers who at at El Azteca Mexican restaurant on State Blvd. were received during the week of April 2, 2012.

Ten complaints have been received about 35 consumers who ate at the restaurant during the potential outbreak timeframe. Mr. Silcox stated, “the outbreak appears to be contained, but final numbers of those reporting to have become ill are still under investigation.”

Mr. Silcox continued, “the establishment did report two employees who worked or were present in the establishment while ill. Cultures obtained by patrons and employees and both tested positive for Norovirus.”

Norovirus is the leading cause of food poisoning in this country, and is the second leading cause of food poisoning deaths. The virus is very contagious and spreads quickly in crowded places.

The symptoms of norovirus include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach cramps. Victims sometimes have fever, chills, muscle aches, and headaches. Most people recover within a few days, but some have complications and require hospitalization.

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