Officials say OH norovirus outbreak tied to doughnut shop

Faith Castro
August 13, 2017

The health department said Norovirus is common this time of year, and those affected should refrain from handling and working with food for at least three days after their symptoms go away.

A spokesperson from the health department says the restaurant has been very cooperative and voluntarily closed on Tuesday to deep clean the kitchen and sanitize the entire facility.

Toledo-Lucas County Health Department officials said that cases of the virus linked to food eaten at the restaurant has climbed to almost 400 while 27 people fell ill by coming in contact with those who who ate there (secondary infections).

Calls to Mama C's Donuts and Coffee were not returned Thursday.

Now the establishment is being deeply investigated to find the cause of the virus.

The health department says it St. Luke's Hospital reported an influx of emergency room visits from people suffering forborne illness.

The health department said it had been alerted to reports of several customers who had gotten sick after eating doughnuts from Mama C's between August 4 and August 7. Most people recover in a few days, but it can be risky for young children or elderly people.

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"I was texted Sunday morning about 2 a.m. or so that there was something going on".

13abc spoke an employee who answered the phone at Mama C's Wednesday morning. Twelve people are sick with norovirus in that county.

Some have taken to Mama C's Facebook page to reveal that they were affected by the norovirus.

An information graph on Norovirus transmission.

The virus can cause inflammation in the stomach and intestines, causing stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. According to Greg Moore, program coordinator with the county health department, "specimens" were sent to the Ohio Department of Health for norovirus testing and three came back positive for the virus. Other symptoms include a fever, headache and body aches, according to the CDC.

Symptoms typically present itself 24 to 48 hours after exposure to the virus and may last for one to two days.

But an infected individual can spread the virus up to two weeks after the symptoms disappear, unknowingly passing the virus through close contact like shaking hands.

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