Monday, December 18, 2006

Indianapolis Olive Garden Update

Friday, I posted this story about 300 people getting sick in an Indy Olive Garden restaurant.

From everything I am hearing and reading, it looks like this was caused by the norovirus, also known as the "cruise ship virus". One lady I know ate there a week ago, fell ill within a day or so, and then proceded to pass it on to her entire family, who did not eat there.

By virtue of this bit of information alone, it would appear that this was not e-coli, which is contagious if it is ingested. It is very likely that this was generated by a sick employee, who passed it on to other employees that all came to work sick (and then passed it on to the customers).

Tests are still pending. But from my experience, it sure sounds like this is the case. And if this turns out to be the case, I have this piece of advice to everyone as the flu season is getting underway:

If you are sick, stay at home. Do not come to work, do not give it to me, or I will contact a voodoo specialist and contract with him/her to cast a spell on you, that will include a horrible rash.


Health Department officals have confirmed that it was the norovirus.

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