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Saturday, December 02, 2006

BBQ Troubles: Dinosaur BBQ Syracuse NY Closed

I wasn't going to post this, I hate to hear about any barbecue restaurant having trouble, but I feel you need to know. This is big story. Over 600 people are ill from eating at Dinosaur BBQ in Syracuse, New York. Please realize that this is effecting only their Syracuse locations and not thier joints in NYC or Rochester.

From www.news10now.com

More than 600 report illness related to Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
Updated: 12/1/2006 4:47:47 PM By: Staff

The number of illnesses connected to the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Syracuse is now up to more than 600. Initial complaints came from people who ate at the restaurant either last Friday or Saturday night. But now, people who ate leftovers taken from the Dinosaur on those nights and others who may have come into contact with those that were ill are coming forward.

Preliminary tests show that the illness was not bacterial in nature, but more tests are still being conducted. So, while health officials say it could be something viral, they think it's too early to be sure.

“One advantage to viral infections with this particular type that we may be looking at is that they tend to be very self-limited, they tend to be shorter acting, they tend to be 12 to 48 hours. But, unfortunately they tend to be much more contagious,” Onondaga Health Commissioner Dr. Cynthia Morrow said.

Despite the steady increase in illnesses, the restaurant is still scheduled to open back up Monday morning after being disinfected and throwing prepared food out.

Anyone who feels their sickness may be related to the Dinosaur is asked to call the Onondaga County Health Department.

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At 11:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The following was obtained from the Syracuse.com website: (Noroviruses are the ones found affecting cruise ship passengers)

Illnesses linked to Dinosaur Bar-B-Que traced to virus
The Onondaga County Health Department just confirmed that a norovirus sickened patrons of the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Syracuse. The restaurant was closed three days before re-opening Monday.

To date, the health department has received about 960 telephone calls from people reporting vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramps after eating at the restaurant. Most people with symptoms said they ate at the Dinosaur the weekend of Nov. 24 to Nov. 26.

Noroviruses can be spread by people not washing their hands or surfaces not being properly sanitized. The exact cause of the Dinosaur outbreak, however, could not be pinpointed, health Commissioner Cynthia Morrow said.

Noroviruses affect about 23 million Americans each year.


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