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2015 Outbreak of Norovirus at a Wedding Reception, Virginia

In 2015 approximately 150 guests attended a wedding reception at a Richmond, Virginia food establishment. Shortly thereafter, the Richmond City Health District received reports of vomiting and diarrhea among people who had attended the event. Thirty four guests reported symptoms. Norovirus was detected in 8 stool specimens. Twenty four staff reported symptoms occurring between February 1 and March 25, 2015. Investigators determined that bare hand contact of ready to eat foods and poor hand hygiene by ill food workers were contributing factors in the outbreak.

  • Outbreak began:
  • March 2015
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Virginia
  • Organism(s):
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle(s):
  • ill food worker
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Wedding Reception
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 24
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 8
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 16
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • No
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 0
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0
  • Any References:
  • No

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