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Norovirus was the Cause of Cheerleader Illness, Say Lab Tests

by Kathy Jones on February 11, 2012 at 8:32 PM
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 Norovirus was the Cause of Cheerleader Illness, Say Lab Tests

The illness bout that hit a cheerleading championship in Washington State last weekend was caused by a fast-acting gut bug known as norovirus according to results from laboratory tests.

Nearly 230 people got sick with 33 people requiring medical aid at the Salute to Spirit cheerleading, dance and drill team event held in Everett.

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A spokeswoman for the Snohomish Health District revealed that the illness was caused by norovirus and added that someone entered the competition when sick.

She revealed that janitorial crews were asked to clean vomit from a restroom and on the walkway and suggested that those two places could have acted as exposure sites for the cheer and dance teams. The state health department said that while 229 confirmed cases have been found out so far, the number is expected to grow as the investigation progresses as more than 3,000 people attended the event.




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