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Evanston, Illinois, United States
The Evanston Health and Human Services Department (EHHS) alongside Northwestern University, is investigating a norovirus outbreak connected to the popular taco outlet, Big Wig Tacos located at 950 Church St, Evanston, IL. To date, several cases of severe gastrointestinal symptoms following consumption from the establishment have been... reported.
Further investigation revealed that the outbreak was associated with a specific event, "$1 Burrito for Northwestern Students", hosted at Big Wig Tacos & Burritos on Church St, Evanston on November 18, 2023, between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Affected individuals reported stomach discomfort, vomiting, and diarrhea within 12 to 48 hours after consumption from the taco joint. In the light of these reports, EHHS, on Nov. 19, conducted an inspection of the establishment where they confirmed the existence of an employee health policy and cleaning procedures.
Upon discovery of the outbreak, the EHHS started a comprehensive probe jointly with Northwestern University. As part of the investigation, an online questionnaire has been circulated to collect additional data regarding this incident. All patrons, regardless of whether they experienced any symptoms, who attended the discount event are encouraged to fill out this form.
Norovirus, commonly confused with the 'stomach flu' or influenza, is a highly contagious virus that leads to severe gastroenteritis, with symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and stomach pain, appearing within 12 to 48 hours of exposure. It spreads through direct contact with an infected person, contaminated food, water, and surfaces. To prevent further spread of this outbreak and protect yourself from norovirus, frequent handwashing with soap and water is recommended. Similarly, afflicted individuals should abstain from preparing food for others or working in a daycare center, healthcare facility, or food service establishment.
In case you experience Norovirus symptoms, report it now. It can help to detect & resolve outbreaks early and prevent others from being harmed, and it enables better surveillance. If symptoms persist, seek medical care
6 months ago
My husband is violently throwing up and has diarrhea after eating the chicken pesto parm salad from here last night. I had a build your own salad but thankfully didn’t eat much of it. I don’t feel great but no throwing up as of right now. | Symptoms: Diarrhea, Vomiting
Ate my usual sausage egg and cheese. Diarrhea and nausea for rest of day (including now)
08/01 update: Symptoms are ok now. | Symptoms: Nausea, Diarrhea
Around March- early April I bought some lucky charms and had a bowl here in there and I noticed I was getting migraines and my stomach was upset but I did not equate it with the cereal. Then one day I was really busy and all I... had that day was a huge bowl of Lucky charms I got the worst migraine I have ever had stomach cramping diarrhea then the diarrhea turned into black/dark green stool and this lasted for four days every time I attempted to eat regular food except for toast I had terrible stomach cramping became extremely nauseous and had to lay down for at least 20 minutes until the nausea and cramping subsided . I rarely get migraines and more and I’m not a person who gets sick very often either. That’s why this was so strange and scary. | Symptoms: Nausea, Diarrhea, Vomiting, Migraine, Green Stool, Cramps
I brought some Marshmallows and stars a week ago and ate a bowl yesterday and have been nauseated and having stomach pain since then....I pray the water I'm drinking flushes whatever bad chemicals out. | Symptoms: Nausea, Stomach Pain
2 of us had nausea and diarrhea a few hours after eating at this location. It happened Today | Symptoms: Diarrhea, Nausea
Tonight, Not sure I got cramps and diarrhea shortly after eating; not unusual as I have chronic complicated digestive issues, so I can have lightning fast motility. I've now been sick with nausea, cramps, diarrhea, etc., X 4 hours. My husband who does not have my dicey digestive | Symptoms: Diarrhea, Nausea, Cramps
3 years ago
Caramel machiato they developed a few hours after drinking my macchiato. I got really bad indigestion, bad gas, nausea, I thew-up, and the next day all day ive had diarrhea, bad cramping like im going to have a baby. bloating whats wrong with that place | Symptoms: Diarrhea, Nausea, Vomiting, Cramps, Bloating, Indigestion, Gas