Published On: Sat, May 24th, 2014

Norovirus sickened more than 100 at the Royal Hawaiian hotel

An outbreak of the very contagious viral disease, norovirus, spread through the Royal Hawaiian hotel in Waikiki last Saturday, according to a KITV 4 report. The outbreak of the gastrointestinal bug has infected both guests and employees of the luxury resort.

Royal Hawaiian general manager, Kelly Hoen, apologized for the unpleasant situation, “We at the Royal Hawaiian are very sorry for having many of our guests and several of our associates that have gotten ill with the norovirus.” 

Norovirus  Image/CDC

Norovirus Image/CDC

Hawaii health officials confirmed norovirus. Hawaii state epidemiologist, Dr. Sarah Park said in an interview with KITV, “It’s a very hearty sort of virus that it can stick around in the environment and be resistant to normal antiseptic kind of sanitation-type solutions. Park went on to say that someone not necessarily contaminated food at the hotel, but since several employees were sickened, kitchen surfaces and dishware likely got contaminated.

Hoen said the hotel has cleaned and sanitized public areas, restrooms, kitchen and guest rooms at the hotel.  

Health officials say the outbreak is now under control. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page

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

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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