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Published On: Sat, May 3rd, 2014

Norovirus confirmed in Vail outbreak

An gastrointestinal outbreak that affected at least seven attendees of the Colorado Future Business Leaders of America conference in Vail earlier in the week, has been confirmed to be norovirus.

Norovirus  Image/CDC

Norovirus Image/CDC

The  Eagle County Public Health Department made the announcement Friday. Seven people were treated and released from the Vail Valley Medical Center in the early morning of April 29 with symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration. Additional participants reported similar symptoms after returning home.

Approximately 2,000 students were in the area for the annual Colorado Future Business Leaders of America conference, which ended Tuesday. While the original source may never be determined, state and local health officials say it is likely a previously infected person traveled to the conference, spreading the highly contagious virus among other attendees.

Norovirus is a highly contagious viral illness that often goes by other names, such as viral gastroenteritis, stomach flu, and food poisoning. 

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The symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and some stomach cramping. Sometimes people additionally have a low-grade fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, and a general sense of tiredness. The illness often begins suddenly, and the infected person may feel very sick. In most people, the illness is self-limiting with symptoms lasting for about 1 or 2 days. In general, children experience more vomiting than adults do.

Norovirus is spread person to person particularly in crowded, closed places. Norovirus is typically spread through contaminated food andwater, touching surfaces or objects contaminated with norovirus and then putting your hand or fingers in your mouth and close contact with someone who is vomiting or has diarrhea.

Norovirus causes more than 20 million illnesses annually, and it is the leading cause of gastroenteritis outbreaks in the United States.

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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