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Norovirus Outbreak: Food From A Kansas City Dinner Theater Has Allegedly Sickened Nearly 400

Norovirus Outbreak: Food From A Kansas City Dinner Theater Has Allegedly Sickened Nearly 400
Fresh off the heels of a norovirus outbreak in Minnesota last month, officials in Kansas say they are dealing with an outbreak tied to a Kansas City dinner theater. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) released a statement on Wednesday announcing that it would be working with the Kansas Department of Agriculture and the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment to investigate a norovirus outbreak tied to the New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas.A follow-up statement released on Thursday confirmed that more than 390 people who attended the New Theatre Restaurant between January 15 and January 29 have reportedly become ill, including four people who contracted norovirus. The KDHE is asking that people, either ill or not ill, who attended the restaurant between these dates fill out this survey in an effort to determine the source of the illness."I've never been sick like that before. I mean, I've had 24-hour bugs, intestinal bugs, but it was pretty acute,” Mary Geisz, who became infected with norovirus after attending New Theatre, told 41 KSHB. “Eight of the 10 people were sick, so she immediately reached out to the New Theatre. What they told us was they got all the testing and the health department had said with a high degree of confidence that it was a virus that had been introduced."According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that can be contracted via an infected person, contaminated food or water, or contaminated surfaces. Symptoms, such as diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and stomach pain, tend to present themselves within 12 to 48 hours of exposure. It is possible to develop norovirus more than once and it can be particularly dangerous for young children and older people. Youtube

Following a norovirus outbreak in Minnesota last month, officials in Kansas say they are dealing with an outbreak tied to a Kansas City dinner theater. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) released a statement on Wednesday announcing that it would be working with state and local health agencies to investigate a norovirus outbreak tied to the New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas.

A follow-up statement released on Thursday stated that more than 390 people who attended the New Theatre Restaurant between January 15 and January 29 have become ill, including four people who contracted norovirus. The KDHE is asking that people, either ill or not ill, who attended the restaurant between these dates fill out this survey in an effort to determine the source of the illness.

"I've never been sick like that before. I mean, I've had 24-hour bugs, intestinal bugs, but it was pretty acute,” Mary Geisz, who became infected with norovirus after attending New Theatre, told 41 KSHB. “Eight of the 10 people were sick. What (the dinner theater) told us was...the health department had said with a high degree of confidence that it was a virus that had been introduced."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that can be contracted via an infected person, contaminated food or water, or contaminated surfaces. Symptoms, such as diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and stomach pain, tend to present themselves within 12 to 48 hours of exposure. It is possible to develop norovirus more than once and it can be particularly dangerous for young children and older people. 

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