HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Ottawa County says it has been seeing more cases of stomach illness, some of which have been linked to a Holland Township restaurant.
The Ottawa County Department of Public Health has been receiving increased reports of gastrointestinal illnesses, a Wednesday release said. Sixty people reported gastrointestinal illness symptoms on March 31.
Some of the reported cases are from people who ate at Wild Chef Japanese SteakHouse Grill & Bar in Holland Township, according to the Department of Public Health. The restaurant closed voluntarily and will remain closed for cleaning and inspections.
The Department of Public Health says it is investigating Wild Chef and other complaints throughout the county.
The sickness can be spread by eating or drinking fecal contaminated food or water, direct contact with a person who has it or environmental contamination. People who have the illness experience symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cramping and fever.
If you believe you may have a foodborne illness, please call the Department of Public Health at 616.396.5266 or go to the health department’s website and click on “Concerned you may have a foodborne illness?”
County health officials have provided some tips to help stop the spread of illnesses:
- “Practice proper hand hygiene. Wash your hands carefully with soap and water, especially after using the toilet and changing diapers and always wash before eating, preparing or handling food.
- “Wash fruits and vegetables and cook seafood thoroughly.
- “When you are sick, do not prepare food or care for others who are sick.
- “Clean any potentially contaminated areas with a chlorine bleach solution, mixing ¼ cup of bleach with one gallon of water.
- “Immediately remove and wash clothes or linens that may be contaminated with vomit or stool (feces).
- “If you have been suffering from vomiting or diarrhea, remain at home until symptoms subside.”
A study released last week found Ottawa County is the healthiest of Michigan’s 83 counties.