Norovirus Outbreak at California Pizza Kitchen Linked to Ill Food Handlers

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Norovirus is extremely contagious and can be spread through contaminated food and water. This Food Safety Infosheet covers an outbreak of norovirus at a restaurant in California in 2012.


  • Over 20 customers of a California Pizza Kitchen restaurant were ill with vomiting, diarrhea, cramps and nausea.
  • Three food handlers were also part of the outbreak.
  • Don’t handle food while ill; especially if you have symptoms like diarrhea (when transmission is likely) or vomiting (as virus particles may be spread to hands, clothes and other surfaces).

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