DHEC believes Summerville La Carreta illnesses linked to Norovirus

La Carreta Mexican Restaurant, Old Trolley Road, Summerville (Google Earth)

State health officials released an update to the multiple reported illnesses from the La Carreta Restaurant in Summerville.

DHEC is strongly suggesting the illnesses are connected to the Norovirus.

Norovirus affects the stomach and intestines, causing an illness called gastroenteritis. Norovirus is the leading cause of vomiting and diarrhea from acute gastroenteritis for all age groups in the US, and it is highly contagious.

According to DHEC, people can become infected with the virus in several ways, including:

  • Eating food or drinking liquids that are contaminated with norovirus,
  • Touching an object, such as a door knob or keyboard, which is contaminated with norovirus, then placing a hand to mouth,
  • Having direct contact with another person who is infected and shows symptoms, for example, sharing foods or eating utensils with someone who is ill.

Last week, S.C. Dept. of Health and Environmental Control officials said they were aware of at least 10 recent patrons reporting illness from the Summerville La Carreta.

DHEC suggested La Carreta close down the same day as inspection, officials are unsure if the restaurant has reopened at this time.

DHEC officials say La Carreta in Summerville is still under investigation and cannot give us a concrete number of how many people have gotten sick at this time.

According to DHEC, the virus is easy to avoid with careful and frequent hand washing.

For more information about norovirus and to see the symptoms, click here.

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