Just about a week after Nashville Metro Health officials said there was “not a continuing threat of illness related to the recent outbreak” at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, at least one norovirus case has been confirmed in a guest to the popular resort.
During the past several days, some guests have complained of an illness resembling norovirus in symptoms. “Opryland contacted us yesterday and said they had seen an increase in illness,” Todd, spokesman for Metro Public Health Department, said on Wednesday.
The resort followed all recommended steps to clean and sanitize the facilities and to prevent the spread of the illness after cases were reported in mid to late January, Nashville health authorities said.
In response to the newest case(s), Metro health spokesman Brian Todd said, “They have even gone through using a disinfectant to fog rooms to build that extra step to kill the germs.”
Norovirus is a very contagious virus. You can getnorovirus from an infected person, contaminatedfood or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces. The virus causes your stomach or intestines or both to get inflamed (acute gastroenteritis). This leads you to have stomach pain, nausea, and diarrhea and to throw up.
Anyone can be infected with norovirus and get sick. Also, you can have norovirus illness many times in your life. Norovirus illness can be serious, especially for young children and older adults.
Norovirus is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis in the United States. Each year, it causes 19-21 million illnesses and contributes to 56,000-71,000 hospitalizations and 570-800 deaths.
The best way to help prevent norovirus is to practice proper hand washing and general cleanliness.