The Barry-Eaton District Health Department has announced that they have been investigating an outbreak of Norovirus linked to a Carrabba’s location in Lansing, Michigan. This outbreak has sickened over 100 people. The outbreak occurred between May 7th and May 8th. The first reports of illnesses came on May 10th. In response, the Carrabba’s location voluntarily closed for thorough cleaning. The investigation, at first, could not identify the bacteria responsible for the outbreak. Later lab testing revealed the presence of Norovirus, although the testing did not pinpoint the source of the outbreak.
Norovirus is the most common form of foodborne illness in America. The CDC estimates that there are between 19 and 21 million cases of Norovirus poisoning each year. Norovirus poisoning will produce symptoms within 48 hours after infection. Generally, Norovirus infections will produce symptoms including nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. In many cases, the infection will clear up within a week, although it can sometimes worsen. If you or a loved one begins to show the symptoms of Norovirus poisoning, contact a medical professional.