53 sickened: Norovirus suspected in outbreak of illness at Nassau Inn

The Princeton Health Department concluded an investigation of Nassau Inn following reports of illness from Thanksgiving diners, the Times of Trenton reported.

norovirus-2Town health officer Jeffrey Grosser said that norovirus is suspected in the majority of reported cases due to the nature of the symptoms and rapid onset of illness, although the department has not obtained confirmed lab specimens from the ill diners.

Officials collected information from 53 customers whose symptoms included vomiting and diarrhea.

As part of the investigation, the department examined the hotel’s practices for heating food, refrigeration and cleaning. Health officers conducted interviews with employees and reminded them to wash their hands, sanitize touchable surfaces and remain home from work if they felt sick.

Princeton Salmonella outbreak reaches 28 confirmed cases

The Princeton Packet reported yesterday that a Salmonella outbreak that began in late April has hit at least 28 people, with over 70 more reporting illnesses. 

A school official said that the latest date of onset of symptoms for the confirmed cases is May 2, which was before Princeton took its intervention measures to close the Mexican and salad food stations and remove some food foods at its largest dining facility on campus — the Frist Campus Center.

This outbreak was the inspiration for this week’s infosheet, which can be downloaded here.

22 now sick with Salmonella at Princeton

Newsday is reporting that the number of confirmed cases of salmonella at Princeton University has increased to 22 confirmed cases — 20 students and two staff.

Health officials have been investigating more than 70 other cases of stomach problems at the school that may be related to the bacteria.

No source has been determined. But a salad bar and a Mexican food station at the campus center’s dining facility remain closed as a precaution.

Salmonella outbreak plagues Princeton

The number of confirmed salmonella infections at Princeton University has risen to 16, including 15 students and one staff member, and while the source is not known, the University has decided to switch produce suppliers and has temporarily closed the Ole and Saladology stations in the Frist Gallery, where many students and staff dine.

Princeton Regional Health Department officer David Henry said Salmonella can be carried in uncooked food, including produce.

In a fine example of finding a factoid on the Interwebs and using it in a meaningless manner, the story says,

Salmonella bacteria have in recent years grown resistant to certain antibiotics that have been used to promote growth in livestock, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If they’ve pulled items, it’s probably the produce.