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Nantucket Grill linked to illness that sickened dozens

Forty-one people reported becoming ill in recent weeks after eating at a Nantucket Grill location or attending an event catered by the restaurant, public health officials said Friday.

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DURHAM, N.C. — Forty-one people reported becoming ill in recent weeks after eating at a Nantucket Grill location or attending an event catered by the restaurant, public health officials said Friday.

The first illnesses were reported May 7, with the final reports coming in May 23, according to Robert Brown, environmental health director of Durham County's Department of Public Health.

Brown said the common link was Nantucket Grill, which has locations in Durham and Chapel Hill. People who reported nausea or diarrhea either ate at one of the restaurants or attended one of six catered events, he said.

The Nantucket Grill locations at 5826 Fayetteville Road in Durham and at 5925 Farrington Road in Chapel Hill, along with the Nantucket Cafe in Rams Plaza in Chapel Hill, were inspected. Brown said a norovirus caused the illnesses, but inspectors haven't been able to pinpoint the source of the virus.

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