13 California GOP Staffers contract Norovirus

13 California GOP Staffers contract Norovirus

A disturbing word norovirus circulated at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday. California GOP chairman Jim Brulte said on Tuesday that a dozen California delegation staffers who had reached in Cleveland before time had fallen sick, contracting the very contagious virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the virus leads to excessive vomiting and extreme diarrhea and generally spreads at a fast pace explosively among people living in enclosed areas like nursing homes, cruise ships, and schools.

Erie County health officials announced that the results of tests made it official by Wednesday that 13 Californians backing the delegation contracted norovirus. County Health Commissioner Pete Schade said that no fresh cases have been reported after Tuesday afternoon, which is ‘a very good sign’.

Schade said that once you start feeling better, you still need to be careful for a couple days that you aren’t transmitting the virus. He is hopeful that if there are no extra cases till Thursday afternoon, the outbreak could be declared beaten.

According to Brulte, until now no delegates or alternates have showcased symptoms. He added that his delegation will attend the convention at Quicken Loans Arena, where the Californians and the Maryland delegation sit side by side.

As per Brulte, a staffer has brought along the virus to Ohio from California, and then it got transmitted to the staffer's spouse. County health officials are doubtful that the ones who contracted the virus first may have got it out of the state.

The Plain Dealer reported that the ill individuals started seeing symptoms on Thursday. The health department said that by Monday, 11 visitors at the resort were sick, showing symptoms like vomiting, fever, and diarrhea. On Tuesday, 12 out of the 36 staffers fell ill.