Norovirus outbreak sickens 39 in Tacoma
December 28, 2017
(TACOMA, WA.) -- A norovirus outbreak has sickened 28 residents and 11 staff members at a senior community facility in Tacoma..
The Morning News Tribune reported the outbreak at Narrows Glen, a senior facility located in the 8200 block of 6th Avenue. The first symptoms were notice on Thursday and reported to the county health department which said Narrows Glen is working with the agency and following standard protocol about cleaning surfaces and preventing further spread by limiting contact among residents, according to the Tribune report.
The Norovirus is a nasty bug to experience. It usually makes its presence known in those who contract it with a rapid onset of violent vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain and nausea. Most people get better within one to three days.
This month King County Public Health closed for two days Mama Stortini's Restaurant & Bar in Seattle's Northgate area after at least fourteen employees became ill over a two week period. The health agency also learned of "15 ill persons from five different meal parties that became ill after consuming food and beverage from the restaurant on December 5 or December 6," according to a statement from the department.
The restaurant was allowed to reopen after a thorough cleaning and disinfecting of the premises.
Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that frequently spreads person-to-person and is often associated with food. Norovirus illness often has a sudden onset of nausea and vomiting and/or watery diarrhea with cramps. A low-grade fever, chills, and body aches sometimes occur.
Norovirus rarely causes severe complications. Dehydration is the most common complication, particularly among young children and the elderly. No vaccine is available for norovirus.
General advice for reducing risk of contracting norovirus:
Wash hands, cutting boards, and counters used for food preparation immediately after use to avoid cross contaminating other foods.
Wash hands thoroughly with soap after using the bathroom or changing diapers, and before preparing any food or eating.
Wait at least 48 hours after the last episode of vomiting and/or diarrhea before preparing any food for others.