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Norovirus Suspected as Nearly 130 Children at Indiana School are Sickened


About 130 children were out sick for two days this past week at a northwest Indiana elementary school, and district officials said that Norovirus was most likely to blame. “Twenty-seven percent of our population is significant, and it’s a concern,” Lake Central School Corporation Assistant Superintendent Al Gandolfi said about Peifer Elementary School in Schererville, IL…. Continue Reading

Minnesota Norovirus Outbreak Linked to Restaurant Sickens 30 People


Minnesota health officials said Wednesday that an outbreak of Norovirus in Winona County has sickened approximately 30 people during the past 10 days. Doug Schultz of the Minnesota Department of Health said that illnesses probably began around Sept. 23, although the department learned about them on Sept. 30. He said the illness, which causes vomiting… Continue Reading

CDC Report: Restaurants Can Help Prevent Norovirus Outbreaks


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are 19-21 million cases of norovirus infections each year. Food is a vehicle for about 5.5 million cases, and the agency believes that improved food safety is an important part of reducing norovirus infections. This week, CDC issued a report on the latest statistics… Continue Reading

Norovirus at Waikiki Beach Hotel Sickens About 100 People


Health officials have reportedly been supervising disinfection measures at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel at Waikiki Beach on Oahu, where an estimated 100 guests and staff recently came down with norovirus. The hotel voluntarily closed its kitchens for 72 hours as a precaution even though food wasn’t positively identified as the source. “We also know that… Continue Reading

Norovirus Suspected at Chuck E. Cheese’s Near Minneapolis


Hennepin County health officials are investigating why a number of people apparently got sick after eating this past weekend at the Chuck E. Cheese’s outlet in Maple Grove west of Minneapolis. Health Department spokesman Bill Billknap said that norovirus was suspected after public health officials contacted others who ate there by using cash register receipts… Continue Reading

European Food Safety Authority Addresses Pathogen Risks of Leafy Greens


The European Food Safety Authority’s Panel on Biological Hazards has issued the first of five scientific opinions requested by the European Commission. The first one, published Thursday, addresses the public health risk posed by Salmonella and norovirus on leafy greens eaten raw as salads. The panel considered risk factors along the whole food chain, including… Continue Reading

Report: Largest Outbreak in German History Caused by Imported Strawberries


The largest recorded foodborne illness outbreak in German history was caused by frozen strawberries imported from China, according to a study published in the February issue of Eurosurveillance. At least 11,000 cases of norovirus were reported by 390 institutions – mostly schools and childcare facilities – between Sept. 19 and Oct. 7, 2012. Epidemiologists were… 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

Norovirus Confirmed at Kansas Jimmy John’s

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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has confirmed norovirus as the cause of an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness associated with Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches restaurant in Garden City, KS. Norovirus was detected by the Kansas Health and Environmental Laboratories at KDHE in clinical specimens from three people associated with the outbreak. KDHE has… Continue Reading

Norovirus Outbreak Sickens 75 at MN Football Banquet


The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating a foodborne illness that sickened 75 people who ate at a catered all-you-can-eat banquet for high-school football players Dec. 8 in Brooklyn Park. The banquet was attended by 273 people at the Edinburgh USA Golf Course clubhouse restaurant, and at least 41 adults and 34 students became ill,… Continue Reading