USA – Almost 100 sick as Arby’s restaurant closes for second time – Norovirus

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An Arby’s restaurant has closed for the second time in less than a month because of an outbreak of foodborne illnesses among its customers. Health officials say the pathogen involved is norovirus, which is notoriously hard to eradicate. 

More than 90 people have reported becoming ill after eating at the Springfield, IL, Arby’s location. The first illnesses were reported in mid-February, spurring the first temporary closure of the restaurant for cleaning.

An employee of the Sangamon County Department of Public Health confirmed that the restaurant on Dirksen Parkway in Springfield has temporarily closed for a second time. The department recommended deep cleaning and employee training. Officials made similar recommendations for the first closure in late February.

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