OH doughnut shop closes during norovirus investigation

Officials say Ohio norovirus outbreak tied to doughnut shop

County health officials say more than 200 cases of norovirus have been linked to a doughnut shop in northwest Ohio.

Past year in OH, there were 76 norovirus outbreaks which sickened at least 3,031 people, according to the state health department.

The health department took samples and they came positive for norovirus.

Kelly Walkup, Maumee resident and mother of four, said she was shocked to hear about the outbreak.

The small business just got to be unfortunate to house the virus. The patients showed up at clinics from August 4 to August 7.

Yann Chao said the doughnut shop will reopen Monday "for sure", and he will try for Sunday.

Norovirus can cause inflammation of the stomach and intestines.


Symptoms typically present itself 24 to 48 hours after exposure to the virus and may last for one to two days. The illness often begins suddenly, and the infected person may feel very sick.

Norovirus, sometimes referred to as the winter vomiting bug in the United Kingdom and Ireland, is the most common cause of viral gastroenteritis in humans.

The health department will reportedly inspect the joint once the cleaning is done and the joint can only resume operations if the officials give them a green signal to go ahead with it.

The Health Commissioner added that the owner of the joint voluntarily closed the shop on Tuesday after health officials notified them of the illness among the customers, according to reports.

'People are pretty quick to shame them, but it can happen anywhere, ' she told WTOL. Most people recover in a few days, but it can be unsafe for young children or elderly people.

For those who are sick, Mr. Zgodzisnki offered several tips to try to avoid spreading it to others: Frequent hand washing, especially after using the bathroom, and preparing or eating food; using a separate bathroom from others in the residence; cleaning surfaces frequently with disinfectant wipes; laundering soiled linens in hot water; and staying home if sick.

Anyone who is suffering from these symptoms and would like more information can call the health department at 419-213-4264 or 419-213-4161.

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