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Salina Restaurant Linked To Sickness Outbreak

KSAL Staff - July 13, 2013 12:02 pm

A Salina restaurant is linked to a June food poisoning outbreak in which over 30 people became ill.

According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, twenty‐eight cases and five secondary cases of gastroenteritis were associated with consuming food at a wedding rehearsal dinner at Martinelli’s Little Italy on May 31st. Additionally, five others reported gastroenteritis after consuming food from the restaurant on that evening. 

Norovirus was confirmed as the causative agent among three individuals who attended the wedding rehearsal dinner and one individual who was not related to the wedding group. The symptoms, incubation time, and duration of illness reported are consistent with norovirus infection.
Although the restaurant was associated with illness, the vehicle of transmission could not be confirmed. The salad served at the wedding rehearsal dinner was statistically linked with illness; however, of the two other groups who ate food from the restaurant that evening, one consumed salad and one did not. Multiple menu items may have been contaminated with norovirus.

Norovirus is a highly contagious pathogen transmitted primarily through the fecal‐oral route. It may be spread through direct contact or through consuming fecally‐contaminated food or water. 

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Tyler Rathbun

July 13, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Thank god for OLIVE GARDEN!! Never did like Martinelli’s a hole lot!

green thumbs

July 13, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Still liking me some Martinelli’s.Been to Olive Garden elsewhere no biggie.See you downtown@ Martinelli’s.

Iggy p Daily

July 14, 2013 at 12:38 am

Dosen’t our mayor work there? This is serious people can die from this. According to the paper the owner refuses to address the issue which speaks volumns in itself. Marking this restaurant off my list. One other question where was our embattled health inspectors?

Bronson Waite

July 14, 2013 at 1:07 am

Since we don’t know how their food got contaminated with virus. It might not be from employees but foods might have already contaminated when they bought it from somewhere.

ric smythe

July 14, 2013 at 10:31 am

I use to eat there weekly, but quality of the food and service has went down. but i never got sick. I agree the Manager or Owner needs to address this

Barb Shirley

July 15, 2013 at 4:05 am

Negative I haven’t worked there In over a year.

Iggy p Daily

July 18, 2013 at 12:14 am

Looks like censorship at work again to protect our mayor. Why is there not a follow up on this story? Evidently this media group does not care about the citizens of our town. This is a serious matter and should not be buried and ignored.

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