Health Officials Confirm Norovirus At Marina Inn
April 21, 2009 03:28 PM
April 22, 2009 11:37 AM
Suspected Norovirus at
South Sioux City Restaurant
Lincoln-A restaurant/bar in South Sioux City has closed down voluntarily to
disinfect its premises after dozens of people became ill after eating there,
according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
The restaurant/bar at the Marina Inn has closed temporarily on the advice of
Symptoms are consistent with a norovirus, a highly contagious virus that is
spread person to person or by food.
The symptoms of norovirus illness include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and
stomach cramping. Some people may have a low-grade fever, chills,
headache, muscle aches and tiredness. The illness usually begins
suddenly, and the infected person may feel very sick. In most people
the illness lasts for one or two days.
People from Nebraska and Iowa who ate at this restaurant became ill.
Epidemiologists from the state health departments are investigating, as
well as the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.
Stool samples from ill people and environmental samples are being collected
and sent to laboratories for testing.
The restaurant/bar will reopen Friday.