Norovirus sickened hundreds, linked to Maumee donut shop

Ebony Scott
August 13, 2017

Health Commissioner Eric Zgodinski, of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Health Department, met briefly with media Thursday, saying Mama C's Donuts & Coffee in Maumee, OH, remains closed.

In addition, officials at the Wood County Health District believe that doughnuts from Mama C's that were sold in two locations in that county are connected to the outbreak.

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

Three of the specimens from the restaurant tested by the health department came back positive for norovirus, according to WTOL.

Walkup said she wouldn't hold it against Mama C's if she or her children get sick. The only question now is where the virus came from.

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Anyone who ate anything from Mama C's Donuts & Coffee in recent days and developed symptoms of norovirus is asked to contact the health department at 419-213-4264 or 419-213-4161. By the time Zgodinski met with reporters later in the day the number was "closer to 240". "Right now, we are in the process of deep cleaning". She said, "We feel sorry about it".

A sign posted on the restaurant on Wednesday stated that it was closed because they were out of doughnuts.

Owners of the restaurant, Dar and Yann Chao, said they are working with the health department to determine the cause of the outbreak. "We didn't want this to happen". Thank you so much to all of our valued customers.

Norovirus, which spreads easily through food and drink, inflames the stomach and intestines and often causes vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps. Influenza is primarily a respiratory illness, characterized by symptoms like high fever, body aches, sneezing, a runny nose or a sore throat. It affects people of all ages.[1] The virus is transmitted by fecally contaminated food or water, by person-to-person contact, [2] and via aerosolization of vomited virus and subsequent contamination of surfaces.[3] Annually, norovirus is associated with 906,000 outpatient visits in industrialized countries, with 64,200 inpatient hospitalizations. The disease is usually self-limiting, and severe illness is rare.

Norovirus is a very contagious virus.

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