Over 50 Norovirus Illnesses Linked to Ill Food Handlers

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This Food Safety Infosheet covers an outbreak of norovirus in Minnesota that was linked to ill food service workers. Some hand sanitizers are not effective against norovirus, which can rapidly spread and live on kitchen surfaces for up to six weeks.


  • Mankato, MN civic center catering company linked to virus outbreak at two separate events
  • Investigators trace outbreak to multiple food handlers who were ill
  • 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)

Article first appeared on foodsafetyinfosheets.org