Norovirus outbreak temporarily closes Luna Red Restaurant

May 20, 2024


Dozens of people who worked or ate at Luna Red restaurant in San Luis Obispo last week became ill with norovirus, according to staff.

The restaurant was temporarily closed, but reopened Sunday with workers now wearing gloves. The virus is highly contagious and people show symptoms shortly after contact with a contaminated person, food or surface. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, muscle pain, chills, abdominal cramps and fever.

Norovirus is usually spread by people touching or preparing food when they are sick, or sometimes by food from contaminated water.

San Luis Obispo County Health Department staff initially asked a reporter to call another department because the outbreak was food-related. However, Environmental Health Department staff said to call the Health Department epidemiologist because the outbreak was not food-related.

Epidemiologist Jessie Burmester would not say whether the county is investigating the outbreak, but she asked a public relations official to contact us.

News Source :
Gn Health

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