May 25, 2024

Norovirus Outbreak at Edinburgh Golf Course in Brooklyn Park, MN

An apparent norovirus outbreak at Edinburgh USA Golf Course in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota has occurred, according to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). At least 75 people have been sickened after attending a banquet for Totino Grace football players on Sunday, December 8, 2013. The food service for the event was Lancer Hospitality.

NorovirusMore than 270 people attended the banquet at the clubhouse restaurant. The private Catholic school rented the space for the event. At least 41 adults and 34 students have been sickened in this outbreak. People began experiencing vomiting and diarrhea over a period of two days after the event.

State health officials think norovirus is the culprit. The illness usually lasts a few days and most people recover without medical intervention. No hospitalizations were reported. Norovirus is highly contagious and is spread through contaminated food and drink, and by touching contaminated surfaces.

Dough Schultz, MDH spokesman said, “we are entering the peak season for norovirus in Minnesota, so it is important that everyone wash their hands after going to the bathroom and before handling food. Stay home if you are ill.” Make sure that anyone with diarrhea, especially children, wash their hands frequently with soap and water to prevent the virus from spreading. After being sick, you should not prepare or handle food for others for three days after a complete recovery.

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