Officials say OH norovirus outbreak tied to doughnut shop

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Officials with the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department say that the virus was likely food-borne and has been linked to Mama C's Donuts in Maumee, which is now closed for a deep cleaning as the investigation continues.

Health care providers in OH are not required to report individual cases of norovirus to public health agencies, but are required to report outbreaks of two or more cases. The health commissioner said that the joint could open on Friday.

Norovirus, which spreads easily through food and drink, inflames the stomach and intestines and often causes vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps.

Nearly 200 people were sickened by a Norovirus outbreak that was traced back to a local restaurant, and that number continues to climb.

An employee at Mama C's who spoke to 13abc by phone on Wednesday said that they feel sorry about the situation. She said, "We feel sorry about it".

Norovirus symptoms usually subside after a couple of days.

The illnesses have been tracked to customers who ate at the shop between August 4 to August 7.

But an infected individual can spread the virus up to two weeks after the symptoms disappear, unknowingly passing the virus through close contact like shaking hands.

A spokesperson from the health department says the restaurant has been very cooperative and voluntarily closed on Tuesday to deep clean the kitchen and sanitize the entire facility.

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.

Walkup said she wouldn't hold it against Mama C's if she or her children get sick.

'People are pretty quick to shame them, but it can happen anywhere, ' she told WTOL. I mean, I clean, but my goodness, my house could be carrying a virus for all I know with the people coming in and out, touching things.

'I think it's super unfortunate. However, it can lead to severe dehydration and serious, sometimes life-threatening illnesses in the elderly or people with suppressed immune systems, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands", he said.

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.