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Suspected norovirus sickens 36 at UNC summer camp in Greeley

Posted at 3:09 PM, Jul 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-20 00:40:33-04

GREELEY, Colo. — Health officials announced Thursday that a suspected norovirus outbreak has sickened 36 people, including 32 kids, at a summer enrichment camp at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

According to a release from the Weld County Health Department, campers and staff from both the Summer Enrichment and the Young Child programs, became sick with vomiting and diarrhea over the past few days.

University officials said no one required hospitalization but the camps were shut down Thursday and crews began disinfecting of the dining hall and resident areas housing the campers.

Samples from several of the affected have been collected and are being sent to the state lab for testing. It will take about a week to receive the results, although norovirus is suspected, the release read.

According to the county health department, norovirus spreads by contact with an infected person, by touching a contaminated surface, or eating contaminated food or water. 

The most common symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and stomach pain. Other symptoms include fever, headache, and body aches. The incubation period for norovirus can be anywhere from 12-48 hours after exposure.