KDHE: Salina restaurant sickened wedding party

Health officials say an outbreak that sickened members of a wedding party last month was likely caused by food served at an Italian restaurant in Salina.

A report filed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment found that people were sickened after eating at Martinelli's Little Italy May 31. Doctors say patients experienced gastrointestinal symptoms, likely caused by the norovirus infection. The symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, abdominal cramps, muscle aches and fever.

Nearby hospitals contacted the Salina-Saline County Health Department to investigate. The report found that 28 people in the wedding party were sick, as well as another five people who were not associated with the wedding party.

The report found that the restaurant was the source of the illness, but it is not known what caused it.

"The salad served at the wedding rehearsal dinner was statistically linked with illness," health officials said. "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."

The Kansas Department of Agriculture inspected the restaurant June 4, finding several violations. They returned later in the month to provide education on how to prevent norovirus infection.

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