Surfing_Hawaii.jpgThe Hawaii State Health Department reported at least 42 ill people in an outbreak of norovirus, according to KITV-4.  All of the illnesses are connected to a restaurant in the North Shore Oahu town of Haleiwa.

Symptoms of norovirus infection generally include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Headache and low-grade fever may also be present.

Norovirus is the most common form of foodpoisoning in the U.S.  Norovirus symptoms generally develop 24 to 48 hours after contaminated food or water is ingested.  People infected with norovirus usually recover in two to three days without serious or long-term health effects.  Elderly people, and those with compromised immune systems or susceptible to more severe outcomes.

Each of the illnesses in this outbreak occurred in persons who either ate or  worked at Cholo’s Mexican restaurant in the North Shore Marketplace on Sunday, April, 10.  KITV reports that:

State health inspectors visited the Haleiwa restaurant on Tuesday, and found no health violations, according to State Epidemiologist Sarah Park.  Health officials said they still don’t know who or what was the cause of the outbreak. That is the subject of the health department’s investigation, Park said.