TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is working with the Kansas Department of Agriculture and the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment to investigate an outbreak of norovirus infection in which more than 600 individuals have became ill after attending the New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park, Kan.
KDHE, JCDHE, KDA and the city of Overland Park went to the New Theatre Restaurant on Friday, Jan. 29, to educate staff about norovirus, oversee cleanup, and observe food safety practices. Following the visit, the New Theatre Restaurant contracted with a private firm that cleaned the entire facility with an EPA-registered disinfectant, which kills norovirus and is safe for food establishments.
So far during KDHE’s investigation, more than 600 individuals have reported illness. A majority of these reports were from people who attended the New Theatre Restaurant between Friday, Jan. 15, and Tuesday, Jan. 19. KDHE has not received any reports of people becoming ill who attended New Theatre after Wednesday, Jan. 27.