Norovirus cause of recent stomach illnesses

Tri-City HeraldJune 4, 2014 

The gastrointestinal illness that prompted the brief closure last month of Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches in Kennewick was norovirus, said Benton-Franklin Health District’s health officer.

The district received several reports of the illness toward the end of May, including from people who’d eaten at the West Clearwater Avenue restaurant.

The restaurant closed for a little more than a day and reopened after being cleaned and sanitized. The food also was replaced.

The district hasn’t heard of any further problems, said Dr. Amy Person, health officer, on Wednesday.

Norovirus is a contagious virus that can cause symptoms including stomach pain, nausea and diarrhea.

Tri-City Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service