Thursday, October 23, 2014

Outbreak linked to restaurant worker

By The Herald Staff | 1/8/2014

GARDEN CITY — An employee at a Western Kansas Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches location might be to blame for 282 reported cases of norovirus, Charles Hunt, state epidemiologist in Kansas, said.

Norovirus typically causes gastrointestinal illness — such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea and low-grade fever — and is easily passed from person to person or through food that has been contaminated during preparation, a press release from the Kansas Department of Health said.

GARDEN CITY — An employee at a Western Kansas Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches location might be to blame for 282 reported cases of norovirus, Charles Hunt, state epidemiologist in Kansas, said.

Norovirus typically causes gastrointestinal illness — such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea and low-grade fever — and is easily passed from person to person or through food that has been contaminated during preparation, a press release from the Kansas Department of Health said.

The outbreak has only been linked to the Garden City Jimmy John’s restaurant, Hunt said, and no new cases of illness among patrons had been reported since the restaurant reopened Dec. 27.

The Garden City incident was one of several nationwide that alerted health officials to the severity of this season’s norovirus. The best way to prevent norovirus, officials said, is proper hand washing, excluding ill persons from preparing food, and proper cleaning and sanitizing of food preparation areas.

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