Norovirus cause of sickness outbreak in Danbury

January 2, 2019

DANBURY — City health officials have confirmed that norovirus was the cause of a rash of food-related illness complaints just before Christmas.

The bulk of the complaints came from diners who ate Barbarie’s Black Angus Grill, though people who didn’t eat there also complained of being sick, said city Health and Human Services Director Lisa Morrissey.

The cause of the norovirus and the extent of the illness are still being investigated by the city and state, but Morrissey said there isn’t any evidence of bad food at this time. An investigation usually takes a several weeks to a few months to complete.

“I would like to remind folks that norovirus at this time of year is very common,” she said, adding the illness comes in swings, but there’s an uptick now because people are coming together and not spending a lot of time outside.

The restaurant voluntarily shut down for 24 hours last week and reopened under the supervision of the city health department on Friday and Saturday.

Morrissey said they worked with the restaurant to re-educate the staff and didn’t see anything that causes concern.

“They reopened without a problem,” she said.

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