100 people become ill after weekend at Kirtland Country Club

KIRTLAND, Ohio– More than 100 people became sick after going to Kirtland Country Club.

All of those who fell ill attended events at the country club over Mother’s Day weekend, according to Ron Graham with the Lake County Health Department.

Kirtland Country Club notified the health department after they started receiving calls from people who were sick. The symptoms included pain, nausea and diarrhea.

The victims are recovering or have recovered. Graham said no one was hospitalized.

At this time the exact cause of the illness is unknown. Samples were sent away for testing to determined if it was norovirus, Graham said. Results should be back next week.

The kitchen at Kirtland Country Club was voluntarily closed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for cleaning by a commercial company. It is now back open.

received reports of people being ill who attended events that happened at their location over the weekend of May 13, 2017. KCC proactively reached out to Lake County General Health District (LCGHD) for assistance. The cause of the outbreak has not yet been determined. It is also undetermined if it is a foodborne outbreak.

LCGHD is currently collecting stool samples to be shipped to Ohio Department of Health (ODH) for testing by Tuesday, May 23. LCGHD is currently awaiting results on food samples that were submitted to ODH Laboratories on May 18. The total number of individuals ill and number of individuals hospitalized has not yet been confirmed.

KCC has been very cooperative with LCGHD since its initial notification of the outbreak. KCC has even gone above and beyond in their response, hiring a cleaning company to assist with their voluntary closure of the main building over May 16, 17 and 18.

“Our ability to quickly identify an outbreak and prevent it from spreading is a direct result of our partnership between our staff and our operators. We could not be more pleased with the cooperation among everyone involved, ranging from the individuals that have been impacted to the KCC staff,” said Dan Lark, environmental health director, in a news release on Friday. “Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water.”

Norovirus symptoms develop 12 to 48 hours after exposure. Patients experience stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, fever and headaches. This usually leads to severe dehydration.