Mama C's Donuts Link in Ohio Norovirus Outbreak

Oceane Deschanel
Agosto 13, 2017

Mama C's Donuts and Coffee in Maumee, Ohio, a suburb of Toledo, volunteered to shut its doors Tuesday after the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department informed the owners that the restaurant is associated with a Norovirus outbreak investigation, according to a health department statement. Likewise, it's believed the doughnut shop would stay closed a few more days, according to the Health Commissioner Eric Zgodvnski.

Health officials say a total of 27 people from the two northwest OH counties have fallen ill after coming in contact with someone who had eaten Mama C's products.

"I was texted Sunday morning about 2 a.m. or so that there was something going on". According to Greg Moore, program coordinator with the county health department, "specimens" were sent to the Ohio Department of Health for norovirus testing and three came back positive for the virus.

A number of loyal customers said they plan to stick by Mama C's side despite the controversy.

"I was a little surprised, and kind of scared because we had just gone to eat donuts there the day before the news came out that the virus had hit. No one got sick, so we were pretty surprised", Walkup said. The customers reportedly told St. Luke's they had eaten at Mama C's.

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'We all missed work and feel like death! "We didn't want this to happen".

The restaurant remains closed for deep cleaning on Wednesday.

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

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. Norovirus is typically spread through contaminated food and water, touching surfaces or objects contaminated with norovirus and then putting your hand or fingers in your mouth and close contact with someone who is vomiting or has diarrhea. Sometimes people additionally have a low-grade fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, and a general sense of tiredness. The disease is usually self-limiting, and severe illness is rare.

Norovirus can be very contagious.

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