Health Unit Advises on Foodborne Illness

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Thunder Bay's Valhalla Inn - a popular place for business and tourists
Thunder Bay's Valhalla Inn -

THUNDER BAY – The Thunder Bay District Health Unit are investigating cases of suspected foodborne illness among approximately 160 patrons that attended two functions held at the Valhalla Inn in Thunder Bay on May 14, 2016.

The TBDHU states: “To date, 73 people have been interviewed, of which 48 reported becoming ill. We are not aware of anyone being hospitalized as a result. The reported illness was characterized primarily by vomiting and diarrhea. The illness occurred within 24-48 hours of the meal. Major symptoms lasted on an average 24 hours. 

“The Valhalla Inn remains open for food production as no ongoing risk has been identified. Food and stool samples are being processed by Public Health Ontario Laboratories in an attempt to identify a pathogenic agent. 

“Foodborne infections can be extremely infectious. Therefore, we would like to remind those with gastrointestinal symptoms to refrain from preparing food for others while symptomatic, and for 72 hours after their symptoms stop. They should also refrain from direct care of children, the elderly and the immunocompromised during that period. 

“Updates will be provided as the investigation progresses. People who ate at the Valhalla Inn on May 13 or 14 and became ill can speak to a public health inspector at 625-5930.”