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Outbreak of Reported Stomach Illnesses in Ottawa County


HOLLAND TWP., MI (WHTC) - Last week, it was a popular Grand Rapids restaurant that had to shut down temporarily due to a norovirus outbreak. This week, it appears that a similar fate has befallen an eatery on Holland’s North Side.

The Wild Chef Japanese Steakhouse Bar and Grill voluntarily closed its doors on Tuesday when Ottawa County Health Department officials received complaints of diners suffering from symptoms consistent with that of the contagious gastrointestinal illness from over the weekend. The West Shore Drive restaurant is undergoing a thorough cleaning while investigators search for the precise cause of the outbreak, with no timetable immediately established as to when the establishment will reopen.

The Health Department isn’t officially saying whether the Wild Chef was the single reason why nearly double the 32-person average of those suffering from gastrointestinal illness reported to emergency rooms across the county on Monday. Officials did post a series of tips and precautions for residents on its website (http://www.miottawa.org/Health/OCHD/).

Last week, the Beltline Bar in Grand Rapids was closed for several days and cleaned up after several of its diners came down with norovirus-like symptoms; the Kent County Health Department hasn't yet made a final determination as to the cause of the outbreak.