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55 sick: Norovirus linked to NC Cowfish Sushi Bar illness

June 9, 2015 by

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by Doug Powell The Mecklenburg County Health Department believes norovirus is what caused customers and employees at Cowfish Sushi Bar and Grill to become sick. Cowfish Sushi Bar and GrillTwenty-one employees and 34 customers reported flu-like symptoms, prompting the restaurant to close Saturday. They have since sanitized and are back open. The Health Department says […]

California restaurant closes for noro clean up

May 31, 2015 by

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by Ben Chapman Norovirus persistence is a problem for the food industry. The virus is hardy and can stick around on surfaces for six weeks or more. Once it’s there, the virus is tough to get out of a kitchen, dining room, restroom or storage area. Oh, and with a low mean infectious dose, some difficult […]

Cruise ship sickness/norovirus outbreaks lowest in 14 years

January 5, 2015 by

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by Doug Powell The number of gastrointestinal illness (GI) outbreaks, including norovirus and enterotoxigenic E. coli, on cruise ships fell to the lowest level in 14 years in 2014. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website contains detailed reports about the outbreaks on cruise ships from 1994 to 2015. The CDC considers […]

Shellfish Recall due to leaking septic system

December 18, 2014 by

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Washington state health officials issued an emergency closure for harvesting and ordered a recall of all shellfish originating from a portion of Mason County’s Hammersley Inlet after several people who ate raw oysters became ill. At least a dozen people who ate raw oysters in November became ill with symptoms often linked to norovirus, a […]

Arizona school’s noro outbreak linked to over 100 ill

October 21, 2014 by

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by Ben Chapman I was chatting with a couple of guys at a birthday party of one of Sam’s friends this past weekend and relayed that I do food safety stuff. One dude said “I hate this time of year: between the colds, pink eye and norovirus our kids pick up at school we’ll all […]

Norovirus outbreak reported in Winona County, MN

October 10, 2014 by

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by Marcia Ratliff An outbreak of norovirus in Winona County [MN]has sickened about 30 people during the past 10 days, leading health officials to urge residents to be cautious. Winona County health officials announced the outbreak Wednesday. Doug Schultz, the Minnesota Department of Health spokesman for foodborne illnesses, said the department learned of the situation […]

Norovirus is the leading cause of disease from contaminated food

June 3, 2014 by

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Most norovirus outbreaks from contaminated food occur in food service settings, according to a Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Infected food workers are frequently the source of these outbreaks, often by touching ready-to-eat foods served in restaurants with their bare hands. The food service industry can help prevent norovirus […]

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