Danbury diners recent illness identified

The Danbury Health Department today announced the Connecticut Department of Public Health’s (DPH) State Laboratory has confirmed through laboratory tests that a recent outbreak of gastrointestinal illness associated with a local food service establishment was caused by Norovirus.

[The restaurant, Barbarie's, closed temporarily during the investigation, according to NBC Connecticut.]

The illnesses were first reported to Danbury Health Department on December 26th. The Danbury Health Department has been coordinating with DPH’s Epidemiology and Food Protection Programs, along with the State Laboratory, to determine the cause, extent, and origin of the outbreak. 

People infected with Norovirus commonly experience vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, and low grade fever.

Protect yourself and others from Norovirus:
• Wash your hands often
• Rinse fruits and vegetables
• Cook shellfish thoroughly
• Stay home when sick and for two days after symptoms stop
• Avoid preparing food for others when sick and for two days after symptoms stop.

For more information on Norovirus: https://www.cdc.gov/norovirus/index.html.

*Image courtesy CDC



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