The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is working with the Kansas Department of Agriculture and the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) to investigate an outbreak of norovirus among individuals who attended performances at the New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park beginning on Friday, Jan. 15 to the present date.
In order to determine the extent and cause of the outbreak, KDHE is conducting a secure, confidential online survey among all persons who have attended performances at the New Theatre Restaurant since Jan. 15, including those who became ill and those who did not become ill. The online survey is available at http://tinyurl.com/newtheatre2016. Personal information provided to KDHE will be held confidential, and this information is protected by state law. Persons who have already participated in a telephone interview do NOT need to complete an online survey. If you have questions or concerns regarding the outbreak, call the KDHE Epidemiology Hotline at 877-427-7317.
Norovirus is very contagious. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and stomach pain. A person develops symptoms 12 to 48 hours after being exposed and most people get better within one to three days. The best way to prevent norovirus is proper handwashing.
Norovirus causes an estimated 19 to 21 million persons to become ill each year, and is more common in the winter months. Norovirus is spread from person to person, by touching contaminated surfaces or infected people, or through contaminated food or water. It is NOT spread through the air by coughing, sneezing or talking. Persons who are ill with norovirus symptoms should not prepare food or care for other persons.