About 89 swimming
athletes became ill during the Finals of the Maryland State Swimming
Championship on Saturday. A total
100 people have reported symptoms of viral gastroenteritis.
volunteers, coaches and parents of the competitors also got sick. Health officials are investigating the
pathogen that affected the athletes, trainers and relatives at the state level
competition. They are testing stool samples of people who were sick to determine
exactly what pathogen caused the illness.
Chief of the health department's center for surveillance, infection prevention
and outbreak response; Dr. Lucy Wilson said that the properly chlorinated swimming
pool is an unlikely source of infection. Officials are still investigating the
cause of illness.