Campus Alerts - Carnegie Mellon University

Update: La Prima Espresso

8:45 a.m., Friday, April 30

As a precautionary measure, La Prima Espresso will be closed today for a thorough cleaning of the premises. The decision was made by CMU Dining Services and La Prima Espresso in consultation with the Allegheny County Health Department.

La Prima Espresso is not open during weekends, and therefore will re-open on Monday, May 2. 


Public Health Notification

2 p.m., Wednesday, April 27

University Health Services (UHS) has learned that approximately 15 students have recently become ill with gastrointestinal distress. It has been determined that 13 of the students purchased soup and/or sandwiches from La Prima Espresso in Wean Hall on Monday, April 25, and Tuesday, April 26.

Students experiencing gastrointestinal distress, such as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and fever should contact UHS in Morewood Gardens E Tower at 412-268-2157. See the UHS website for daily hours. After hours, please contact Emergency Medical Services through Campus Police at 412-268-2323.

UHS is working with the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) to determine the cause of the illness. Even if you do not need treatment, any member of the campus community who has experienced the above-like symptoms over the last several days is encouraged to contact UHS so this information can be provided to the ACHD.

As a precautionary measure, La Prima Espresso has removed certain food items from their menu, and UHS and Dining Services will continue to work with ACHD should any further action be deemed necessary.

As new information becomes available, updates will be posted on this site.


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