(Closed) Norovirus Outbreak!

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m not a doctor or anything, but I think norovirus can happen anywhere that is crowded since it’s so contagious. So in theory, you can get it in any hotel, plane, whatever. That’s why cruise ships go in quarantine mode when it’s detected. It’s also more common in the winter because everyone is packed inside closed spaces. So that alone wouldn’t deter me persay.

However, it’s a concern that all the staff was let go. One of the caterers I checked out had recently lost a chef and the food was nowhere near the level that people online made it out to be and the presentation was terrible too. I would read over the contract and see if you have any recourse. I would also express my concern to the resort and definitely talk to the replacement staff to see if they are competent people.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

@RunningSphynx:  Man, that just sounds like that spanish horror movie Rec 3 where the virus breaks out at the wedding:

 

 

 

It’s basically the spanish version of Quarantine 3. I don’t recommend the movie though. It sucks.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

How would they rectify having a norovirus outbreak?  That’s like trying to eradicate cold and flu from the general population in specific locations.  Not going to happen, and nothing you can do about it.  Like @lilbluebird:  said, it can happen anywhere.

Like most viruses, once the outbreak is over, the viruses themselves don’t live long in the outside world without a human to stew in (and definitely not 2 years…).  You can’t guarantee that illnesses like this won’t happen; no one can.  I don’t really understand what you expect them to tell you…

Post # 7
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925 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Ugh, I got sick from that in college–I have NEVER felt worse in my entire life!! I’m sure everything will be ok for you, it was a year ago and it sounds like it has been fine since. Crossing my fingers for you 🙂

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@yellowlace:  Yeah, it’s so awful…I had it two years in a row back in the mid 2000s.  So glad I haven’t since!

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Norovirus isn’t like food poisoning – it is a winter vomiting virus that does the rounds every single year without fail. It’s not like Salmonella, passed around from poor cooking of food.

 

It is very contagious, as it is hard for family members caring for the sick person to not come into contact with it. 

 

The outbreak at your venue may be because of poor hygiene, but frankly if a chef or manager had the virus I doubt they’d be getting out of bed let alone organising a wedding. It *is* possible for that to have happened, but it isn’t the same as bad preparation.

 

You can’t ‘rectify’ a norovirus outbreak. Because of how contagious it is it is much better to just shut the place down until the virus is gone – you must have seen hospital wards being closed temporarily to prevent spread of the virus?

 

So in short, you can’t ‘help’ having Norovirus. Guidelines are that you don’t go back to work (I’m a student doctor) until 48 hours after symptoms have gone, but that doesn’t help you *before* symptoms appear – during which time you can also be contagious.  It spreads like wildfire, so all it takes is for a few select guests to become ill and then it spreads fast. It is not something that can really be avoided very easily!

 

I think you will find this link useful – please give it a read before you pan the venue so you understand the mechanisms of the virus better. 

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/norovirus/pages/introduction.aspx

Post # 12
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90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Also, the E.coli in the water is a separate issue to the Noro – E.coli is a bacteria that normally lives in the gut but can cause food poisoning amongst others. Was the outbreak proven to be Noro? 

 

Don’t get me wrong, E.coli in the water *is* bad. Maybe you can ask them about it and see what they tell you?

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Drift_Avalii:  +1

Norovirus falls under the category “Shit happens.” I would be concerned about the E. coli and investigate further.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@RunningSphynx:  With this in mind, I would definitely read over the contract and see if there’s anything you can do, assuming you really want to cancel (which is probably not a bad idea). If you are going to lose a lot of money, I would talk to an attorney. Some will at least offer a free consult and see if you need additional services. I think the fact that they didn’t disclose all these issues to their guests at that time is a serious concern.

However, if the entire place is under new management and they’ve gotten rid of everyone associated with the e. coli outbreak, then maybe it’s worth sticking around.

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