United States: North Carolina has registered three (3) new norovirus cases linked to a local restaurant, according to the preliminary information by officials of Wake County Public Health and Wake County Environmental Services.
According to the health personnel, all three cases have been reported by a restaurant named Sushi Nine in Raleigh, North Carolina. The report by US Today revealed that the first person was hospitalized in Wake County Public Health due to norovirus on December 1, 2023.
Meanwhile, the total count of infected people who visited the restaurant between November 28 and December 5 has reached 241.
As per the statement by Wake County in a release, out of the total, 170 complaints were interviewed, and stool samples were collected by only three (3), who all tested positive for the infection.
What exactly is norovirus?
Norovirus has been termed to be a very contagious virus that leads to vomiting and diarrhea, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The health authorities have clarified that norovirus is not similar to influenza.
It is to be noted that the other names for the infection are stomach flu and stomach bug.
Common symptoms of norovirus:
According to the CDC, the norovirus can infect anyone, and the symptoms of norovirus can develop within 12-48 hours after exposure.
Some of them are:
- Body aches
- Stomach pain
Safety measures against norovirus
Some safety measures recommended by the CDC are:
- Washing hands frequently,
- Rinsing fruits and vegetables
- Avoid going out and preparing food for others when sick with norovirus
The CDC recommended that if an individual visited Sushi Nine from November 28 to December 5 and felt sick, he/she should carefully watch for symptoms. If one has serious symptoms, contact a regular doctor.
How did the restaurant react to the new cases?
According to the reports by US Today, the restaurant was ‘temporarily’ closed for deep cleaning on December 5 and was reopened on December 8 for the general public. The authorities of Wake County mentioned that there have been no new complaints registers since then.
Wake County further clarified that the preliminary investigation has revealed that no single type of food is responsible for norovirus, as the people who got sick ordered a variety of food items from the menu.