Public health officials in the Toledo area identified the beginning of a Norovirus outbreak. They registered so far around 250 victims. Unfortunately, they believe that this is only the starting point. There are going to be many other cases of Norovirus discovered soon. So far, a Doughnut shop in Ohio is the main suspect in this health crisis.
The Owners of Ohio Doughnut Shop Were Fully Cooperative with Health Authorities
On Thursday, Health Commissioner Eric Zgodinski at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Health Department informed the media of the ongoing investigation. He claimed that Mama C’s Donuts & Coffee in Maumee, Ohio remains the primary suspect in the norovirus outbreak. The shop is currently closed until further findings of the case. The owners closed the doors on their own accord after health authorities drew their attention on hundreds of clients who got sick.
On Thursday morning, the number of victims reached the count of 214. However, the cases grew within just a few hours to 240. Zgodinski didn’t back the presence of secondary infections. This means that the victims got ill directly from the source of norovirus. Therefore, so far the infected ones did not start contaminating other persons.
Furthermore, the health commissioner reassured the public that the owners of the Ohio doughnut shop are fully coopering with authorities. They are working on decontaminating their restaurant under closed doors. They even appealed to professional cleaning service to do a thorough job.
Local Hospitals Informed Officials of an Unusually High Number of Norovirus Victims
Health officials became alerted on the Norovirus outbreak when local hospitals updated them on the situation. The medical staff started registering a concerning number of ill people. They observed that what all these patients had in common was Mama C’s shop. All of them consumed the food of this restaurant at some point between August 4 and August 7.
Norovirus victims start showing symptoms within 12 to 48 hours after the exposure. These consist of headaches, lethargy, muscle aches, and low-grade fevers. In time, the virus develops into abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and even loss of taste. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, elders and people with weak immune systems are the most vulnerable to it.
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