Health officials with the Scioto County Health Department reported this week they can confirm the cause of an outbreak at at Camp Molly Lauman in Lucasville two weeks ago was caused by norovirus.
The outbreak occurred over the weekend of May 13-15 at an event called Camporee. Those in attendance starting having diarrhea, vomiting, headaches and chills mostly on Monday after the event.
Approximately 155 people were in attendance and 117 fell ill as of May 25, according to county health authorities. This number includes secondary infections.
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.
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