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2006 Outbreak of Norovirus at Nick & Jimmy's Bar & Grill, Bowling Green, Ohio

Potato salad served to 100 people in the Bowling Green, Ohio, area and to as many as 35 people at two other catered events caused an outbreak of Norovirus. The potato salad was tested and found to have a high fecal coliform count. It seemed likely to health inspectors that a food worker contaminated the product after failing to wash hands after toileting. They had no scientific evidence of this however. Vegetables in the salad could have arrived at the restaurant already contaminated. An inspection of the restaurant found 35 violations, 12 of which were "critical." The restaurant was not licensed for catering.

  • Outbreak began:
  • June 2006
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Ohio
  • Organism(s):
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Produce-Only Salad, Potato Salad
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • No
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Restaurant
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Nick & Jimmy's Bar & Grill
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 135
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 8
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 1
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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