A two-letter substitution: Mohawk says they are not Mohonk

Potential patrons of Mohawk Mountain, a ski resort in Connecticut, are calling to inquire about an outbreak happening 60 miles away – at Mohonk Mountain House. According to the Register Citizen, Mohawk Mountain staff are being asked about illnesses and clean-up.

The names do sound kinda similar. Mohonk_Mountain_House1-T1

Mohawk Mountain wants to ensure its customers that they don’t have to worry about a virus outbreak in their lodge. In a post on Facebook Saturday, Mohawk employees pointed out that they are often confused for a New York hotel called The Mohonk Mountain House.“We’ve been getting some confusing phone calls, but have figured out what the problem is,” the post stated. “The Mohonk Mountain House was struck with an outbreak of the norovirus, and had to close for a week.”

In related news, Mohonk Mountain House reopened in time for Valentines Day festivities.

“The Mountain House has been thoroughly cleaned from top to bottom and is looking beautiful,” Mohonk marketing director Nina Smiley said in an email Friday afternoon.

Ulster County Health Commissioner Dr. Carol Smith said he department had signed off on the sanitation effort, which the resort conducted voluntarily.

“They did everything we and state officials advised them to do to insure the facility was disinfected,” Smith said.

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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.