Norovirus May be Cause of Dozens Sickened at Youth Football Tournament

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Health officials say a norovirus may be the cause of an outbreak that has affected dozens of players, coaches and parents taking part in a youth football tournament in Las Vegas.

Southern Nevada Health District spokesman Jorge Viote (hoar-hay vee-oh-tay) says his agency is interviewing the sick and taking samples from them as part of an investigation to pinpoint the cause of the outbreak.

But he says the flu-like symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea are consistent with cases of norovirus, a mostly food- or water-borne illness.

He was unsure how many people have fallen ill, but KSNV-TV in Las Vegas reports about 100 people have developed flu-like symptoms.

Tournament spokesman Justin Gates told the station that at least nine of 100 teams participating in the National Youth Football Championships have been affected. The four-day tournament ends Saturday.

He didn't immediately return phone calls to The Associated Press on Saturday.

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