Toledo-Lucas County Health Department inspectors have cleared Mama C's Donuts to resume business following an outbreak of norovirus, though owners said it would be Sunday or Monday before the shop will open to customers.
According to a report by The (Toledo) Blade newspaper and television news station in the area, people who ate the food between the days of August 4 and August 7 became ill with the well-known norovirus symptoms. Health officials at Wood County next door are also investigating whether the cases that have been reported in their jurisdiction could be linked to Mama C's.
The restaurant voluntarily closed for cleaning on August 8. It isn't expected to reopen Thursday. Image Credit: CDC " Norovirus spreads easily and can cause diarrhea and vomiting.
A norovirus outbreak tied to a local OH doughnut shop has sickened more than 200 people, including 15 young children at an eight-year-old's birthday party. "Monday morning, we came in and started the investigation and found out that at this point in time the investigation is looking to Mama C's out in Maumee relative to a Norovirus outbreak", said Zgodinski. 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.
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"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". People typically become ill 24 to 48 hours after exposure to the virus, and symptoms usually last one to two days - and it is important to note that people can spread the virus for up to two weeks after their symptoms go away.
The store was very cooperative letting the health workers clean the kitchen and sanitize the entire facility, according to a spokesman for the health department.
Walkup said she wouldn't hold it against Mama C's if she or her children get sick. "Right now, we are in the process of deep cleaning". She said, "We feel sorry about it". That's why we volunteered to close down to deep clean the story. Thank you so much to all of our valued customers. We feel so, so sorry for everything that happened. This illness is often erroneously called the "stomach flu". Health Commissioner Eric Zgodzinski said, "the issue comes back to when the product stopped being sold and consumed".
Norovirus infection is characterized by nausea, vomiting, watery diarrhea, abdominal pain, and in some cases, loss of taste.