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52 suffer food poisoning at Yokohama InterContinental Hotel

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Fifty-two people who attended a wedding ceremony and reception and a banquet at the Yokohama InterContinental Hotel on Dec 20 complained about symptoms of food poisoning, it was reported Monday. The 52, including children as young as 2, complained of diarrhea and vomiting, and 18 of those have tested positive for norovirus, health officials said Monday.

According to Yokohama health officials, all symptoms appeared to be mild and everyone who reported the sickness is recovering. The symptoms occurred between the evening of Dec 20 and afternoon of Dec 23, and reports began to come in Dec 24. A total of 192 people attended the banquets. The health care center is currently investigating possible causes of the outbreak, and has suspended operation of the kitchens that prepared food for the parties.

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According to wikipedia, the virus is "transmitted by faecally contaminated food or water"(cut and pasted from their website). In other words, human feces got into the food at that very expensive hotel. Is that bad luck for the bride and groom?

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Sounds more like a low end family diner in the US where the staff is getting back at a bad customer. Smear some crap in the meatloaf, that’ll show them.

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whats the bet some jerk waiter, who was sick, just sneezed all over the water jugs, glasses, and knives and forks at set up.

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whats the bet some jerk waiter, who was sick, just sneezed all over the water jugs, glasses, and knives and forks at set up.

I agree with you bobbafett. Japanese employees would still come to work even if they're sick and then pretend that they are not. Being sick means weakness and they'd rather not admit.

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The health care center is currently investigating possible causes of the outbreak, and has suspended operation of the kitchens that prepared food for the parties.

Hope they'll be thoroughly investigated.

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I wish this article said what they ate!! Something raw?

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Sounds like the old "I found a fly in my soup" trick to get a free meal. All of the guests were probably in cahoots to try to get the couple a free wedding. I'll remember that for next time I walk down the aisle.

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norovirus Do gods not understand the severity of this virus? It is not a joke, and it is very prevalent in many places in Asia. Very rare in Japan though, but if a third world person carrying this so called viking and working at a posh hotel, it will still get out there to the public, and people will get sick.

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In Japan? Un-heard of. Rare. Even eating raw eggs here and raw chicken rarely get ya!. Be careful of what you eat and where and when."

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People assume that big hotels are safe places to eat at. They also assume that small family restaurants and yatai are less safe. If anything, the reverse is true. In the smaller places the cooking is done by the owners. They don't want their customers to get sick because they don't want to lose customers as lost customers equals lost income.

The kitchens in big hotels are staffed mainly by people on minimum wage. They don't care if customers get sick. Also, everything is portion controlled and carefully counted. If you simply throw away some food because it smells strange, you may have to pay for it out of your own pocket. Asking permission to throw something away is much more trouble than just serving it.

Not so long ago I read an interview with the TV celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain. He was asked if he worried about getting sick when he ate street food. He said the he had no worries about street food, and added that when the camera crew got sick, it was usually after the buffet breakfast at a chain hotel.

"This food smells a bit off." "Don't worry, the wedding group will be too drunk to notice."

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The attack of the killer radish sprouts!

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Goddog...Very rare in Japan though, but if a third world person carrying this so called viking and working at a posh hotel, it will still get out there to the public, and people will get sick.

Is this virus peculiar to third world countries or are you implying third world countries people are not hygienic?

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Ive been in Japan 7 years and have heard of/experienced 4 outbreaks of norovirus in my community or among my friends. I wouldnt describe it as rare here, not at all.

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I was a wedding musician in a 3rd world country, at least 3 weddings a week for 7 years, never heard of such virus.

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kirakira... maybe you need to wash your hands better before preparing food for friends or members of your community. Maybe it is neither common NOR a coincidence, if you get my drift. haha. Happy New Year.

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Thanks to a previous horrendous experience I never touch the shrimp offered at major hotels and such.

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Close it down !!

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