241 complain of getting sick at Sushi Nine in Raleigh, North Carolina
Hundreds of people in Raleigh, North Carolina became ill, possibly infected with the norovirus, after eating at Sushi Nine on Western Blvd.
Wake County health officials reported that 241 individuals complained of being sick after dining at Sushi Nine between November 28 and December 5. Over 170 people were interviewed, and three provided stool samples for norovirus testing.
Health officials say that the norovirus is highly contagious and can be spread soon after coming into contact with an infected person, consuming contaminated food, or touching contaminated surfaces.
“Unfortunately, norovirus can spread very easily, especially during the winter months when people come together for holiday gatherings and parties which include a lot of meal prep and catering,” said Wake County Public Health Director Rebecca Kaufman in a release. “We continue to work closely with customers who visited Sushi Nine, restaurant staff, and our partners with NCDHHS to determine the source and extent of the outbreak.”
First person reported becoming sick after eating at Sushi Nine in Raleigh was on December 1
Wake County health officials reported that the first person fell ill after eating at Sushi Nine on Friday, December 1. Soon after, more people began reporting that they became sick to the Wake County Public Health Communicable Disease team.
What caused customers to get sick at Sushi Nine in Raleigh?
Officials in the state capital say they are continuing to investigate all potential sources of exposure at the restaurant. A variety of menu items at Sushi Nine reporedly have made people sick, and health officials are unable to identify a single type of food that may have been the source.
On December 5, Sushi Nine in Raleigh closed for a deep cleaning and reopened three days later, according to Wake County officials.
Wake County health officials say there have been no new complaints about the restaurant since it reopened.
Anyone who visited the restaurant between Wednesday, Nov. 28, and Monday, Dec. 5, and became ill is encouraged to contact Wake County Public Health at 919-250-1029, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.