August 18, 2019

Breakers Hotel, CA Restaurant Shut Down for Norovirus

The Sky Room at the Long Beach Breakers Hotel closed down for four days in May after a norovirus outbreak, according to the LA Times. The restaurant closed on May 22 through the 25th for cleaning. About 21 people were sickened in an outbreak that occurred between May 1 and May 9, 2015. Symptoms included nausea, watery diarrhea, headache, weakness, chills, abdominal pain, and a low fever. Three of the patients had lab-confirmed norovirus illnesses. The rest are considered "probable" cases. The restaurant followed CDC guidelines to clean, including steam cleaning furniture, the elevator, fabrics, and equipment. The sanitation process was repeated several times. No illnesses have been reported since May 9. Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that is spread through person to person … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A at Dogwood Southern Table in Charlotte, NC

An employee at the Dogwood Southern Table and Bar at 4905 Ashley Park Lane in Charlotte, North Carolina has been diagnosed with hepatitis A. This person didn't prepare food, but cleaned silverware and drink ware and delivered it to tables. Those items could have been contaminated with the virus. If you ate there on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 for dinner service or Wednesday, February 4, 2015 for dinner, you may have been exposed to the virus. The last day for vaccinations to prevent illness is Tuesday, February 17, 2015 for those who ate there 2/3/15, and Wednesday, February 18, 2015 for those who ate there 2/4/15. Hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccinations are only effective if given within two weeks of exposure. Contact your doctor for more information. The symptoms of a hepatitis A … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Associated with Delaney House Restaurant in MA

According to, a Salmonella outbreak is being investigated at the Delaney House restaurant in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Nineteen confirmed cases of salmonellosis and additional pending cases have been traced back to events held at that facility. In addition, five employees who handle food and one non-foodhandling employee tested positive for the bacteria. State and local health departments are conducting an investigation. Owners of the restaurant are cooperating with the investigation. Those sickened ate at ten events held at the restaurant between November 11 and November 15, 2014. The restaurant is not closing. The restaurant owners were notified on November 18, 2014 that one of their patrons was experiencing the symptoms of a Salmonella infection. No new cases have been … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Vaccination Clinic for Hamilton, NJ Residents

Mayor Kelly A. Yaede has announced a hepatitis A vaccination clinic for Hamilton, New Jersey residents after an employee at Rosa's Restaurant and Catering was diagnosed with the illness. The restaurant is located on South Broad Street in Hamilton. Anyone who ate at the restaurant between November 10, 2014 and December 1, 2014 is urged to attend. A hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccination is only good for two weeks after exposure, so if you visited that restaurant before November 19, 2014 they will not work. You need to monitor yourself for the symptoms of hepatitis A, which include fever, nausea, diarrhea, light colored stools, dark urine, yellow eyes and skin (jaundice), tiredness, loss of appetite, and abdominal cramps. If you do experience these symptoms, see your doctor. Anyone … [Read more...]

Thirty People Ill After Eating at Nassau Inn in Princeton, NJ

The Princeton Health Department is reporting that 30 people said they were sick with a gastrointestinal illness after eating at the Nassau Inn on Thanksgiving or the day after, according to Planet Princeton. Norovirus is suspected. The Inn was inspected on Monday, December 1, 2014. The illnesses have not yet been confirmed with laboratory testing. The time frame for illness onset, the symptoms, and recovery time all point to norovirus, which is the most common cause of GI illnesses during the winter. The inspection found only minor issues that most likely did not cause the illnesses. The symptoms of norovirus include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, headache, and low grade fever. It's often called the "24 hour flu", but there is no such illness. The common cold is the only … [Read more...]

Ground Round Restaurants in MN Closed for Norovirus Outbreak

A Ground Round restaurant in Winona County, Minnesota has closed after a "community norovirus outbreak" has sickened at least 30 people. The Minnesota Health Department said that they learned of the outbreak on September 30, 2014, but the illnesses may have started before that date. The outbreak was apparently confined to those people who ate at the Ground Round restaurant in Winona. But the outbreak is not officially linked to a single source, location, or event and will likely increase. The restaurant voluntarily closed so they could deep clean. There is no word on whether any employees were ill or if others in the community are sick. Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that spreads easily during the cold months, as more people spend time together indoors. Norovirus symptoms … [Read more...]

Kansas Measles Outbreak Associated with Restaurant

A measles outbreak has been associated with a restaurant in Wichita, Kansas. At least 11 cases have been reported in Sedgwick and Johnson counties to date. The disease is very contagious to anyone who has not been vaccinated. In fact, if one person who has the illness goes out in public, 90% of people who come close to that person will catch it. The illness is contagious from four days before to four days after a rash appears. An employee at Sal's Japanese Steakhouse at 6829 East Kellogg Drive in Wichita was diagnosed with the disease earlier this month. Public health officials ask that if you or anyone you know ate at that restaurant on June 20, 23, 25, 29, July 3, 5, and 7, 2014 and developed an illness with fever and rash, contact your doctor immediately. The measles virus is spread … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Exposure at Tortilla Marissa’s in Fort Collins, CO

Larimar County Health Department is warning consumers who ate or drank at Tortilla Marissa's North of the Border Café at 2635 S. College Avenue in Fort Collins, Colorado, that they may have been exposed to hepatitis A. A food handler has been confirmed with the illness. That person worked at the restaurant while they were infectious. Hepatitis A is a disease that affects the liver. Anyone who ate at the restaurant during the last 14 days should get a hepatitis A or immunoglobulin vaccination immediately. The shot must be given within 14 days of exposure to be effective. The Health Department will be conducting free hepatitis A shot clinics for anyone who ate at the restaurant in the last two weeks. They will be held Sunday June 29, 2014 from 12:00 to 5:00 pm, and on Monday June 30, … [Read more...]

Texas Fuego Restaurant Closes, Part of Salmonella Outbreak

Public health officials in Texas named Fuego Tortilla Grill in College Station as the likely source of an ongoing Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak on Friday. The restaurant closed its doors voluntarily. The restaurant is "statistically significant" in the outbreak of S. Typhimurium, Ohio strain, according to public health officials. The Brazos County Health Department has been working with the Texas Department of State Health Services since September 2013, investigating about 30 cases of Salmonella food poisoning. Twenty-six of those who are ill are residents or visitors to the county. The other four cases are considered secondary infections, probably from contact with those who are sick. No one has died in this outbreak. Environmental samples were collected from the restaurant May … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Exposure at Red Robin in Springfield, Missouri

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is alerting the public about a possible hepatitis A exposure at the Red Robin restaurant at 3720 S. Glenstone Avenue in  Springfield, Missouri. An individual recently diagnosed with the disease worked there while he or she may have been contagious. Officials fear that 5,000 people may have been exposed to the virus. Anyone who ate at the restaurant from May 8 to May 16, 2014 may have been exposed. A hepatitis A vaccination or an immune globulin vaccination within two weeks of exposure can prevent the disease. Today is two weeks from the first possible exposure date, so it's critical that those who visited the restaurant on May 8, 2014 get a vaccination today. Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver that can cause an illness that … [Read more...]

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