Uh Oh: Norovirus Outbreak at RNC

Christine Rousselle
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Posted: Jul 20, 2016 11:20 AM
Uh Oh: Norovirus Outbreak at RNC

Health officials have confirmed an outbreak of norovirus at the RNC that originated from a staffer from California who arrived in Cleveland ahead of the convention. Norovirus is a highly-contagious illness that causes bouts of vomiting and diarrhea. People who contract the illness are typically better in a few days, but are at risk of dehydration.

Twelve people reported having the illness.

Brulte said he believes one staffer brought the virus to Ohio from California and then passed it to the staffer's spouse. Soon, 12 of the 36 staffers were sick.

The infected individuals first began showing symptoms on Thursday, and Erie County health officials have taken fecal samples for analysis, the Plain Dealer reported.

State party officials alerted the delegation Monday morning to the norovirus outbreak and briefed attendees again Tuesday. They also informed Ohio health officials.

Thankfully, the majority of those sick are staying at a hotel about an hour outside of Cleveland, so the outbreak has largely been contained. RNC attendees are encouraged to make frequent use of hand sanitizer.

Norovirus is the same illness that caused several Chipotle locations to close earlier this year.