Update: Maybe it’s not E. coli at all. Possibly norovirus in Durham, NC

The ABC11 report might have been a bit of speculation, Durham County Health Department says that while the outbreak is unknown, it looks like it might be norovirus.

The outbreak is still under investigation and it appears that lots of misinformation is flying around.

Here’s last week’s food safety infosheet on norovirus.

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Dr. Ben Chapman is a professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University. As a teenager, a Saturday afternoon viewing of the classic cable movie, Outbreak, sparked his interest in pathogens and public health. With the goal of less foodborne illness, his group designs, implements, and evaluates food safety strategies, messages, and media from farm-to-fork. Through reality-based research, Chapman investigates behaviors and creates interventions aimed at amateur and professional food handlers, managers, and organizational decision-makers; the gate keepers of safe food. Ben co-hosts a biweekly podcast called Food Safety Talk and tries to further engage folks online through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and, maybe not surprisingly, Pinterest. Follow on Twitter @benjaminchapman.