Fifteen cases of E. coli O157 have emerged as a result of an outbreak. Health officials say many of those affected fell ill after eating pre-cooked meats or savoury products purchased or supplied by the Robinsons Butchers site in Billingham.
Investigations into the source of the outbreak are continuing. Anyone who bought products from the Billingham shop between June 25 and July 15 has been advised to dispose of the items.
No cases have been associated with the Robinson’s Wingate premises since control measures were introduced on Wednesday, July 15
Amandeep Dhillon, an Irwin Mitchell partner and specialist public health lawyer, said the firm had now heard first-hand accounts regarding the outbreak linked to Robinson’s Butchers in Billingham and “are beginning to make our own enquiries in relation to the problems.”
A suspected outbreak of norovirus forced the Applebee’s restaurant on East Sunset Drive in Bellingham, Wash., to close over the weekend for extensive cleaning.
It reopened around noon Sunday.
Applebee’s spokesman Dan Smith said the closure was done “out of an abundance of caution.”
Applebee’s idea of an abundance of caution was that 10-15 employees were sent home Friday morning after saying they felt sick or had called in sick Thursday evening and Friday morning.
“We decided that there was an outbreak going on among staff that we did not understand. We didn’t have it under control, and so we ordered the restaurant to close,” said Tom Kunesh, supervisor for the health department’s Food and Living Environment Program, of the early part of the investigation and closure that started Friday morning.
It was unknown how many restaurant-goers may have been sickened before the closure; Kunesh said the health department received a total of eight complaints, including four Monday.