ONTARIO: More cases of norovirus confirmed
Posted: May 21st, 2012 - 10:14am
Source: CBC News
The number of people now known to have got sick after visiting a rural Thunder Bay restaurant last weekend has climbed to 141, up 15 from Thursday.
The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is investigating whether a norovirus caused the outbreak.
The virus has turned up in lab work done on two people who attended the Mother's Day buffet at This Old Barn.
Food and water samples from the restaurant are being processed by Public Health Ontario laboratories in Thunder Bay and Toronto, and in a Health Canada lab in Ottawa.
The labs are trying to match the norovirus that was found in the samples taken from the two patients.
Michael Ellchook, the owner of This Old Barn, has apologized to all those who got sick. He said he has operated the restaurant for 17 years, and has never before had a problem like this.
He said he hopes to reopen soon.