Officials: Virus At NC Casino Sickens Nearly 250 People

Workers are cleaning slot machines with bleach every two hours as a North Carolina casino battles a virus that has sickened nearly 250 people.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Friday that Harrah's Cherokee Casino and Hotel is wiping down its 3,300 slot machines with a bleach and water mix around the clock. The outbreak since Jan. 12 has caused intestinal troubles including vomiting and diarrhea.

Door knobs, escalator handrails and restrooms are being sanitized hourly.

Casino spokesman Charles Pringle says the culprit is a norovirus that is sometimes a problem on cruise ships and at schools.

State epidemiologist David Bergmire-Sweat says relatively few of the casino's 7,500 daily visitors have gotten sick.


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  • by CherryCracker Kool-Aid Location: CA on Jan 22, 2010 at 08:13 PM
    Ha.. you know how many wipes they would go through??? Anyone who spends a fair amount of time on a slot machine knows that and the coins are filthy, so they carry their own hand sanitizer - at least they do in Nevada. When you handle public surfaces, you should know enough to take precautions but some people are nasty. They don't think. They touch surfaces, then touch their face, or vice versa... or both.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Jan 22, 2010 at 02:02 PM
    Cleaning all the publicly-touched surfaces every two hours? What was the protocol before that? Cleaning them when they felt like it/convenient? Why don't they have 'sanitary wipes' available at each machine, just like in the grocery stores/restaurants? Sounds like a case of too little too late, and trying to CYA, if you 'knowwhattuhameanVern'.
  • by Jesus on Jan 22, 2010 at 12:43 PM
    God is punishing those sinners.
  • by Ace Location: Plymouth on Jan 22, 2010 at 10:35 AM
    I lost so much money there it made me vomit!
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