Norovirus Blamed For Some Students' Illnesses

Health officials in a North Carolina county say at least four of the approximately 150 people who became ill during a YMCA conference are suffering from a norovirus.

Multiple media outlets reported Monday that Wake County's environmental health director says investigators are looking for the source of the norovirus. Director Andre Pierce said in a statement that the county is taking measures to reduce the spread of illness by asking food service establishments to take precautionary measures.

The students were among about 1,000 who participated in the YMCA's 17th annual statewide Youth & Government conference in Raleigh. The symptoms they reported Friday night and Saturday morning included diarrhea, vomiting, stomach cramps and headaches.

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 15, 2010 at 02:48 PM
    This is why you should stay away from large groups. Cruise ships are the worst for Norovirus. Now hotels and eating establishments.
  • by UberPatriot Location: Gvegas on Feb 15, 2010 at 02:00 PM
    To ff: americans have eaten meat for millions of years? Lol. I guess you dont like education. This country is not that old. go back to 3rd grade.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 15, 2010 at 01:54 PM
    I have something you can eat. 100% Beef steak!
  • by food safety on Feb 15, 2010 at 01:47 PM
    if you knew what your meat went through to get to your burger, youd certainly think twice about it. and if your vegetarian friends didnt buy organic veggies, no doubt they had cancer from all the pesticide. your food is not safe--even if you grow organic, theres always pesticide runoff. but not nearly as bad as the stuff you buy in stores. ps. e. coli was found in spinach leaves, so its possible to have a meat borne illness in a vegetable due to runoff and improper handling of foods. diseases can be found in organic foods as well as food industry product--just easier to track and trace and less likely.
  • by fff Location: ctown on Feb 15, 2010 at 12:39 PM
    100% americans have always eaten meat. for millions of years. I guess you dont like hunting either
  • by Non vegetarian Location: gville on Feb 15, 2010 at 12:38 PM
    I have known and worked with alot of vegetarians over the years and most of them have died with some form of cancer. I don't think bad meat was the blame for this.
  • by me Location: NC on Feb 15, 2010 at 12:30 PM
    news flash, Hundred Percent American, you can get norovirus from your precious vegetables, too. has nothing to do with meat.
  • by Hundred Percent American Location: Greenville on Feb 15, 2010 at 11:35 AM
    Bad meat. Be wise, be healthier, and go vegetarian.

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