Gastrointestinal virus likely caused illness in people attending event in Manteo


Dare County Health Officials report that a gastrointestinal virus was likely the cause of sickness reported by people who attended an event in Manteo on May 3.

Approximately 250 people were in attendance and it is estimated that as many as 60 individuals became sick, officials said.

Of those having symptoms, only three people reported seeking medical attention.

“Based on the facts and previous investigations of this nature, the illness was likely caused by a gastrointestinal virus, such as Norovirus,” Health & Human Services Director, Dr. Sheila Davies, said.

The most common symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and stomach pain.

Considering the incubation period and length of illness, Public Health officials believe that the illness is no longer an ongoing public health concern.

According to the CDC, a person usually develops symptoms 12 to 48 hours after being exposed to Norovirus.

Most people with Norovirus illness get better within one to three days.

No additional cases have been reported.

The investigation is inconclusive, as only one sample was taken for testing and the result was negative for any specific foodborne bacteria and the Norovirus.

Additionally, Dare County Department of Health & Human Services’ Environmental Health Unit found the caterer to be in compliance with NC Food Code regulations with respect to food handling, preparation, cooking temperatures, transporting and hot/cold holding temperatures.

All food supplied by the caterer was from an approved source.

All caterer staff members were in compliance with respect to the service of food, utensil usage, clothing, and gloves.


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