46 get stomach bug at Des Plaines firm

Source of Article:  http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2009/04/flu-false-alarm-at-des-plaines-company.html


April 30, 2009 11:51 AM |

A stomach bug that sickened nearly four dozen people at a Des Plaines company last week has been traced to a food worker who was ill, authorities said today.

The 46 workers at UOP, a manufacturing technology company, were infected by a norovirus -- a stomach bug -- that apparently was carried by a food service worker at the firm, said Amy Poore, a spokeswoman for the Cook County Department of Public Health. The company, a subsidiary of New Jersey-based Honeywell International, Inc., has a research and development and engineering facility in Des Plaines, which also houses its corporate headquarters.

The illness was investigated Wednesday by county health officials and found to be unrelated to swine flu, Poore said.

Officials at the company's 1,500-person campus at 25 E. Algonquin Rd. in the northwest suburb began seeing employees call in sick last week, and by the middle of last week the company had called county health officials, said Peter Dalpe, a Morristown, New Jersey-based spokesman for Honeywell.

UOP has two cafeterias staffed by contract workers at the business campus, Dalpe said.

The outbreak was most intense for a few days in "the middle of last week," Dalpe said.

By today, "everyone is back at work and feeling better," Dalpe said.

-- Liam Ford



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