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Norovirus Outbreak Hits NC State During Finals Week

North Carolina State University instructors may be handing out a lot of make-up exams in the days ahead as an outbreak of norovirus is keeping dozens of students confined to their bathrooms or hooked up to IVs in local emergency rooms. Health officials say the norovirus outbreak started on Dec. 5 and continues to infect students. As of Thursday, Dec. 7, the virus was confirmed in about 60 students, most of whom live in the Alexander Hall dorm complex. However, students in living in other areas both on and off campus also have been sickened. The outbreak hit during final ... Read More

Norovirus Linked To Ohio Donut Shop Sickens 230

More than 230 were sickened by an outbreak of Norovirus linked to a Maumee, Ohio donut shop. Health officials say the number of people affected continues to climb. The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department said the Norovirus outbreak was traced to Mama C’s Donuts, a suburban Toledo restaurant that has been serving the community for years. “I was texted Sunday morning about 2 a.m. or so that there was something going on. Monday morning, we came in and started the investigation and found out that at this point in time the investigation is looking to Mama C’s out in Maumee relative ... Read More

Norovirus Outbreak From Oysters Sickens Hundreds In Pacific Northwest

Hundreds of people in the Pacific Northwest have become sickened by norovirus linked to the consumption of raw oysters harvested from coastal Washington and British Columbia. Seattle-King County Public Health is investigating an apparent outbreak of norovirus from raw or undercooked oysters harvested in Washington between Jan. 10 and March 20. Officials report that as many as 39 people in the county were sickened after eating raw oysters in several different restaurants and at private events throughout the county. In Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada says consumption of raw and undercooked oysters has been blamed for the 321 ... Read More

Chipotle food poisoning victim requests free burritos as part of settlement

A 19-year-old woman who was one of more than 500 people sickened during one of several foodborne illness outbreaks at Chipotle Mexican Grill locations in multiple states across the country says despite being hospitalized with E.coli after eating one of the restaurant’s burritos and racking up about $40,000 in medical bills, her love for Chipotle’s food never waned. While her attorney was working with the restaurant to get his client financial compensation, the woman made a startling request. Would Chipotle throw in some free burritos as part of the settlement? Her attorney had handled countless food poisoning cases in the ... Read More

Chipotle takes great strides to clean up its act

Earlier this week, Chipotle Mexican Grill closed more than 2,000 of its restaurants for four hours to hold a virtual town hall meeting with its employees in an effort to literally and figuratively clean up its act after a wave of foodborne illness outbreaks linked to various Chipotle restaurants across the country. The company allowed two reporters – one from a wire service and the other from Fast Company – to sit in on the meeting. Restaurant officials also live-tweeted and shared photos of executives and employees during the meeting in an effort to be more transparent. Chipotle founder Steve ... Read More

Chipotle slapped with lawsuits over food poisonings

Chipotle Mexican Grill has been hit by two lawsuits filed by people who were sickened during multiple food poisoning outbreaks at the restaurants across the country in recent months. Kelly Aherns filed a lawsuit in Minnesota when she became infected with salmonella after eating at a Chipotle in August. She claims her symptoms were so severe that she became dehydrated and needed emergency medical attention. That outbreak, linked to salmonella-tainted tomatoes, sickened 64 people in Minnesota. Haley Hadlock filed a lawsuit in Oklahoma after she developed a rare strain of E.coli that produces Shiga toxins three days after eating at ... Read More

Officials want more data in Chipotle food poisoning investigation

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may have declared the E.coli outbreak linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants over, but the restaurant chain continues to face more backlash from the food safety issue. Not only have sales plummeted following a series of foodborne illness outbreaks across the country, which included infections of E.coli, salmonella and norovirus, the company was also slapped with a federal criminal investigation. At first, the focus of the probe was on a single Chipotle restaurant in California where about 200 customers were sickened with norovirus. But the company announced it had been hit with ... Read More

Massive Norovirus Outbreak Linked To Kansas City Dinner Theater

Hundreds of people who dined at a dinner theater in suburban Kansas City, Mo., in recent days have reported becoming sick in what early signs indicate is a massive outbreak of norovirus. Nearly 400 people who ate at the New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park, Kan., since Jan. 15 have reported becoming ill with stomach cramps and pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and other symptoms indicative of norovirus. Laboratory tests confirmed that four of the theater goers who became ill were infected with norovirus, a notoriously contagious virus commonly referred to in the U.S. as the “stomach bug” or “puking virus.” The ... Read More

Chipotle faces criminal charges over norovirus outbreak

Chipotle Mexican Grill reported a nauseating 30 percent sales drop for the month of December, thanks to a deluge of foodborne illness outbreaks at several of its restaurants that resulted in temporary closings at some locations and a federal criminal investigation. In a regulatory filing, the burrito bar chain of restaurants said it was asked to produce numerous documents related to a norovirus outbreak this summer at one of its restaurants in Simi Valley, Calif. The company said the investigation did not involve the E. coli outbreak that sickened at least 47 people and resulted in the closing of 43 ... Read More

CDC Investigates Third Cruise Ship Norovirus Outbreak in December

Federal health officials are investigating a suspected outbreak of norovirus aboard Holland America’s Veendam cruise ship that sickened several passengers and crew members during a Christmas week cruise to Mexico. If confirmed, the outbreak would be the third norovirus outbreak that officials with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have investigated on cruise ships in December. The CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program, which was set up to assist the cruise ship industry with the prevention and control of norovirus and other gastrointestinal illnesses, reported that the Veendam outbreak sickened 57 passengers and 10 crew members, more than 3 percent ... Read More