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Heston Blumenthal Temporarily Closes London Restaurant Hit with Norovirus

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The Guardian reports Sunday that Heston Blumenthal has temporarily closed his London restaurant Dinner after an outbreak of the same winter vomiting virus that was linked to contamination at another of his restaurants, Fat Duck, five years ago. The chef said he was erring on “the side of extreme caution” by shutting the establishment in the Mandarin Oriental hotel… Continue Reading

Norovirus Outbreaks Haunt Cruise Ships

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CNN reports that hundreds of people aboard two cruise ships in the Caribbean fell ill due to norovirus, the latest instances in which the stomach bug has afflicted vacationers at sea. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday that norovirus had hit more than 600 passengers and crew on Royal Caribbean’s Explorer… Continue Reading

Texas Oysters Linked to Norovirus Illnesses in Louisiana

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to eat raw or partially cooked oysters harvested from Copano Bay in Aransas County, TX, harvested between Dec. 26, 2013, and Jan. 9, 2014. Oysters harvested from Copano Bay on Dec. 26, 2013, and then shipped by Alby’s Seafood of Fulton, TX, have been linked… Continue Reading

KS Health Officials Want Restaurant Customers to Fill Out Surveys

Restaurant is likely source of a norovirus outbreak

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A likely norovirus outbreak involving a Jimmy’s John’s restaurant in Garden City, KS, is under investigation by state officials who are asking for the public’s help. State and local health officials want anyone who dined at the Jimmy John’s Restaurant in Garden City between Dec. 10 and Dec. 24, 2013, to participate in an online… Continue Reading

Norovirus Outbreak in NW Wyoming ‘Tapering Off’ After Sickening over 200

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In addition to cameras, a group touring Yellowstone National Park last month brought an unwanted visitor to the area in the form of a foodborne virus. Many members of the group arrived complaining of gastrointestinal symptoms, which were later determined to have been caused by norovirus. The virus, which is transmitted via the fecal-oral route… Continue Reading

Cruise Ships Rocked by Stomach Illnesses Last Week

Norovirus suspected

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Nearly 400 passengers and crew aboard 2 different cruise ships were throwing up last week — but not from seasickness. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday that at least 121 people traveling on Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas and 276 people aboard Princess Cruises’ Ruby Princess fell ill with gastrointestinal symptoms last week. Illnesses were… Continue Reading

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over Golden Corral Outbreak

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A class action lawsuit was filed last Friday against the Golden Corral restaurant, charging the buffet-style restaurant was negligent in last December ‘s norovirus outbreak in Casper, WY. Jason Ochs of the Casper-based Ochs Law Firm brought the case with Seattle attorney William Marler as co-counsel. Marler is managing partner of the nationally known food… Continue Reading

Wyoming Norovirus Spread Mostly in Golden Corral

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The norovirus outbreak that spread like wildfire through Casper, Wyoming last December sickening several hundred people was a restaurant-associated event, meaning the illnesses were not acquired in the community at large. Instead, the virus got a push from 31 sickened food handlers at the restaurant who mostly kept working their normal shifts. Those facts led… Continue Reading

Norovirus Temporarily Closes California Deli

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A family-owned deli in Northern California was closed for two days last week after its food was linked to at least 45 potential norovirus infections. North Park Deli of Concord, CA shut its doors Tuesday after people who had attended an event catered by the business that weekend began to report gastrointestinal symptoms, reported the… Continue Reading

Norovirus Shuts Down Arkansas School

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Norovirus sickened more than 300 students at an Arkansas middle school last week, causing the school to shut its doors Friday. At least a third of the 900 children who attend Hellstern Middle School in Springdale and several staff either stayed home or fell ill at school Thursday, complaining of gastrointestinal symptoms, reported NWA. At… Continue Reading