Fayette Mall closes food court over reported illnesses

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) Fayette Mall is temporarily closing its food court after the Health Department received 150 reports of illness from people who ate there.

Chick-Fil-A was one of the first restaurant’s to shut down after reports of illnesses among employees and customers. Now, every restaurant in the Fayette Mall food court will join them.

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The Health Department says most of the people that have made reports suffered from vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. It believes the illnesses likely started from a stomach bug, but are still looking at a direct cause.

“We think that this is a person-to-person illness. It’s not an illness that people are getting from one specific food source like a certain bad batch,” said Kraig Humbaugh with the Health Department.

The Fayette Mall says in a statement that it’s going to clean all areas of the food court, public and employee bathrooms and the nearby play area.