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Wahaca restaurants close as virus hits hundreds

3rd Nov 16 12:41 pm

Chaos for the Wahaca restaurant chain

The Mexican restaurant chain has shut down a total of nine of its outlets after a suspected outbreak of the norovirus.

A total of 205 staff members and 160 members of the public fell ill.

Public Health England (PHE) has launched an investigation into the outbreak.

The restaurant said it voluntarily closed the doors of nine sites.

Deborah Turbitt, London deputy director for health protection for PHE, told The Guardian: “Public Health England has been notified of a suspected norovirus outbreak at a restaurant chain.

“We are working closely with environmental health officers and the restaurant chain to investigate.

“We have so far been made aware of 205 staff and 160 members of the public reporting illness, however these are unconfirmed cases.

“Currently the source of the outbreak is not confirmed and this remains under investigation.”

The website currently shows the outlets that are closed, these are Canary Wharf, Covent Garden, Oxford Circus, Soho and White City, all in London.

People affected with the virus have symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting but usually return to better health within a few days. The NHS says if symptoms persist it’s best to call your GP or the 111 help line.

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