March 23, 2018 9:22 pm
Here are a few tips to help you prevent the spread of highly contagious norovirus. Wochit
The Windjammer Restaurant in South Burlington is closed until Sunday after a health department investigation confirmed nine cases of norovirus infection, according to a Friday statement from the Vermont Department of Health.
“Our main focus is on the safety of our guests and employees,” Windjammer General Manager Dan Phelan said regarding the voluntary closure.
The Vermont Department of Health continues to investigate the Windjammer and the affiliated Upper Deck Pub, both on Williston Road in South Burlington, following more than 50 reports of illness, according to health officials.
The restaurant’s management has been cooperating in the investigation and has voluntarily closed for 48 hours to conduct a thorough cleaning, according to the health department statement. Prepared food will be discarded.
Several employees were out sick with similar symptoms, health officials said. The restaurant is working to ensure the employees have the opportunity to be tested for norovirus and receive information about hand washing and glove use policies.
Phelan said employees have been engaged in a top to bottom cleaning with bleach and water today and will continue through tomorrow. Another cleaning service the restaurant hires will do a second deep cleaning overnight.
“We are still making a list,” Phelan said regarding a cost estimate. Employees called patrons to cancel numerous reservations.
- Noroviruses are a cluster of viruses that cause acute stomach illness, sometimes called the “stomach flu.” The viruses are not related to influenza.
- Norovirus is very contagious and can spread easily from person to person via fecal-oral route usually due to contaminated surfaces and through ingestion of contaminated food or water.
- Illness from norovirus often begins suddenly. Symptoms usually include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and some stomach cramping.
- While everyone can be affected, older people, children and those with chronic health conditions are at greater risk of complications.
- Symptoms usually resolve within 24-48 hours. Because of the risk of severe dehydration, drinking plenty of fluids such as juice or water or an oral rehydration solution is recommended. Sports drinks are not the best source for replacing lost nutrients and minerals.
Anyone who is experiencing symptoms should contact their health care provider, the health department says.
The department has been reaching out to people who may have dined at the restaurants since March 11.
Patrons can complete a questionnaire designed to aid in the investigation. A link to the questionnaire and more information can be found at the department’s norovirus web page: www.healthvermont.gov/norovirus
Contact Nicole Higgins DeSmet, firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-660-1845. Follow her on Twitter @NicoleHDeSmet.
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