Toledo-Lucas County Health Department officials said that cases of the virus linked to food eaten at the restaurant has climbed to almost 400 while 27 people fell ill by coming in contact with those who who ate there (secondary infections).
According to Moore, the doughnut shop will remain closed until after the cleaning and after it is reinspected by the health department. 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.
Norovirus is spread through contact with infected individuals or through contaminated food prepared by a person who is now or was recently ill.
"I was texted Sunday morning about 2 a.m. or so that there was something going on".
The health department says it St. Luke's Hospital reported an influx of emergency room visits from people suffering forborne illness. "The best way to stop norovirus is proper hand washing, cleaning surfaces, and staying home when sick", was the only info provided along the graphic and posted on Facebook by the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department. She said, "We feel sorry about it".
Mama C's donuts closed down on Tuesday to undergo a deep cleaning, complete with a special disinfectant used specifically to treat Norovirus.
Public health officials have discovered the source of the #norovirus outbreak that already sickened over 260 people in #Ohio.
The symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and some stomach cramping. According to the health department, the sickness can last around two or three days. We will reopen when everything is back to normal and the health department does an inspection.
A number of loyal customers said they plan to stick by Mama C's side despite the controversy.
'People are pretty quick to shame them, but it can happen anywhere, ' she told WTOL.
'I think it's super unfortunate. Most people recover in a few days, but it can be unsafe for young children or elderly people. He says this incident is an unfortunate reminder that it is the beginning of virus season, and to always keep in mind to wash your hands and clean hard surfaces.