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Seattle Chipotle Closed For ‘Repeated Food Safety Violations’

The Chipotle Mexican Grill on South Lake Union was shut down Thursday by officials with Public Health — Seattle and King County for repeated food safety violations. The “fast casual” restaurant at 212 Westlake Ave. in Seattle was closed for receiving red violations during three consecutive inspections, according to the official Public Health — Seattle &… Continue Reading

Norovirus Was Cause of Outbreaks at Two Universities Last Week

Norovirus was the pathogen responsible for sickening students at Emory University and the University of Virginia last week, health department officials have revealed. At least 89 students at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia sought care for gastrointestinal illness at the health care center or the University Hospital between Nov. 12 and Nov. 14, according to… Continue Reading

Norovirus Caused Outbreak Among NAACP Conference Attendees in CA

The San Mateo County Health Department has announced that Norovirus was the bug that sickened dozens of people at an NAACP conference in Redwood City, California. Approximately 60 people fell ill with nausea and vomiting, symptoms of a Norovirus infection, after attending the 27th Annual NAACP California Hawaii State Convention at the Sofitel Luxury Hotel… Continue Reading

Heston Blumenthal Temporarily Closes London Restaurant Hit with Norovirus

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

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

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

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

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