In a follow-up to a report last week about the confirmation of norovirus infection linked to the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Metro health officials now say that they have confirmed 3 norovirus cases.
Metro Public Health Department officials have been working closely with Opryland Hotel and the Tennessee Department of Health since being asked by the hotel to investigate the cases last Thursday.
In addition, health officials are focusing on interviewing those who were ill and not ill in an effort to determine common connections in an effort to determine a cause. Interviews are expected to take several days.
The norovirus cases have caused some companies to cancel events scheduled at the Opryland Hotel.
Norovirus is a very contagious virus. You can getnorovirus from an infected person, contaminated food 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.