Health officials urging caution after Ogden church party leaves 50 people sick

Return To Article
Add a comment
  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Sept. 1, 2018 4:08 p.m.


    "The article implies that some fruits or vegetables may have been the culprit."

    Not possible. Everyone knows they don't serve fruits or vegetables at ward parties.

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Sept. 1, 2018 10:24 a.m.

    Norovirus spreads fast and furiously, and normal hygiene measures won't do much to contain it. Remember the stories about how cruise ships are great breeding grounds for this unwelcome virus invader? The best thing to do is take good care of the victims in their own homes. This illness often continues to spread after those afflicted appear to be fine. Generally it is useless to place the blame on "stores" or foods when it is actual humans unknowingly passing it on. I try to avoid it like a swarm of wasps, but it isn't always possible.

  • Rita B Herriman, UT
    Sept. 1, 2018 8:04 a.m.

    @Furry1993 - They are trying do determine the source of the outbreak, and they don't know if it was from a store (any store) or a person's home. Viruses like this can be transmitted by infected people who spread them to food during different stages of food preparation.

  • Flyboy1 South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 1, 2018 7:41 a.m.

    @Furry1993 I was an infection control officer for a hospital for several years. From the context of the article, it would appear that the term "the store", is generic, meaning there were a mixture of both home made foods, and foods that were purchased retail at any store. I doubt any particular business was being singled out in the statement. At least I hope there wasn't, and this was just an unfortunate event. There would be other enclaves of the infection, and not just the ward boundries as the article implies. I tend to believe that, instead of being food borne, this illness was contact related, such as a couter top, or someone infected, setting up tables etc. That being the case, it will be much easier to isolate this from spreading any further.

  • SLC Grandma Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 1, 2018 7:22 a.m.

    "The store" is more likely a generalized designation of where the food came from vs being made at a home..not a particular store. Group potluck parties would be really hard to monitor.

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 1, 2018 7:19 a.m.

    The article implies that some fruits or vegetables may have been the culprit. Don't assume the store has washed them sufficiently. Beware of using real mayo instead of non-egg salad dressing in warm to hot environments; the egg in mayo can go bad. In a picnic setting hand cleanliness may be overlooked; have a way to clean hands before eating. Servers / food handlers should wear gloves.

  • The Meliorist CA, 00
    Sept. 1, 2018 6:30 a.m.

    A gathering celebrating a Ward boundary change?

    Don't remember reading anything about "Ward Boundary Change Celebrations" in the handbook.

    Was this a church organized event or some random members getting together?


  • PhoenixAZ phoenix, AZ
    Sept. 1, 2018 6:22 a.m.

    I'm sure it was meant .... generally.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Aug. 31, 2018 4:54 p.m.

    "We've been interviewing people ... to try to determine if there was a particular food involved," said Brian Bennion, director of the Weber-Morgan Health Department. "There were foods that were bought at the store, and then foods that were prepared at home. We're trying to work through that."

    What store is that? I'm sure it is patronized by people who didn't go to the party in question. These additional people need to know if they might be at risk from shopping at "the store".