by in Food Borne Illnesses, Norovirus

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is working with the Johnson County Department of Health an Environment to investigate an outbreak of Norovirus connected with a theater in Overland Park. More than 100 people have reported illnesses after attending one of the two performances on January 17th. Four cases have been confirmed in a laboratory.
Norovirus is a virus that causes illness in humans. It is a very common source of illness, and infects 19-21 million people per year in the United States. It usually occurs after contact with contaminated food, water, or people. Symptoms of a norovirus infection will appear between 24 to 48 hours after exposure to the pathogen and will include stomach pain, nausea, and diarrhea. Norovirus is a very contagious pathogen. Those infected with the virus should be wary of going out into public. If you or a loved one begins to show the symptoms of norovirus poisoning, contact a medical professional.