Jan 21, 2010

New York Times Tells Employees Why They All Got Diarrhea [Internal Memos]

Good god. Remember that little outbreak of a mysterious intestinal illness at the New York Times that shut down the company cafeteria earlier this month? Well, they've run some tests, and...we don't know how to tell you this...it's... Norovirus. (*Checks Wikipedia.*) Dang that makes you throw up and poop!


Date: Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Subject: Illness Update


Dear Colleagues,

The New York City Department of Health has completed the testing of samples taken during the recent occurrence of gastrointestinal illness among some of our colleagues. Norovirus was the likely cause of the recent illness.

Norovirus, a highly contagious stomach virus, recently has been confirmed at many local business and schools. As we witnessed, norovirus can spread easily from person to person. For more information about norovirus, please go to http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/cd/cdnor.pdf.

We appreciate the cooperation of employees who kept us informed about who was ill and your understanding while the investigation took place. Moving forward we continue to stress good hand-washing hygiene and ask employees to stay home if they are ill.

We anticipate that this will be our last communication on the matter. Thank you.

Scott Heekin-Canedy

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