SHERMAN, TX -- Grayson County Health department officials say La Mesa Mexican Restaurant in Sherman closed their doors today to sanitize their facility after six employees contracted Norovirus.
"About five to six employees had been sick over the last few days. They've all been front room employees, cash register, things like that," said Public Health Nurse, Randy Brooks. "It wasn't any of the kitchen staff."
Brooks with the Grayson County Health Department, says Norovirus is the common virus some people can get on cruise ships.
Brooks says symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. And it's highly contagious.
"It's just a virus. The good thing about Norovirus is that it's short lived, typically 24-48 hours. The catch is you're still contagious up to 3 days after your symptoms stop," Brooks said.
Brooks says the virus is common in Grayson County and several schools have reported their students have caught it over the past few weeks.
One La Mesa restaurant patron says she got it too.
"Well I ate at the restaurant and started feeling sick that night, and got really nauseous most of the time and then finally started vomiting," Brittania Gordy.
Gordy says she and another friend both got sick after eating at the restaurant earlier this week.
Kimmie Shelton says she didn't even eat, just went inside, and she got the virus too.
"We were gonna meet there and I went to the restroom and we stayed maybe 20-30 minutes and got frustrated and left," Shelton said.
Both Gordy and Shelton say they've been home resting and making sure they are washing their hands frequently.
Brooks says practicing good hygiene is the best way to prevent the spread of the virus.
Brooks says the sick employees will not be allowed to work for the next 72 hours, and it's up to the restaurant owners when they will re-open.
News12 reached out to La Mesa, but our calls were not returned.