Dozen staffers in California delegation fell ill with Norovirus

Dozen staffers in California delegation fell ill with Norovirus

On Tuesday, a scary word norovirus circulated at the Republican National Convention. California GOP chairman Jim Brulte said that a dozen staffers in the California delegation who reached in Cleveland before time got sick because of the very contagious virus.

The virus causes vomiting and diarrhea. It spreads explosively via people in enclosed areas like cruise ships, nursing homes, and schools, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Brulte added that until now, no delegates or alternates have experienced symptoms. He said that his delegation is going to continue attending the convention at Quicken Loans Arena, where the Californians are present beside the Maryland delegation.

The staying arrangements for delegates from California have been made at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio, at a distance of about 60 miles from Cleveland. As per Brulte, the delegates and their guests will spend their Tuesday at the Sandusky’s Cedar Point amusement park or at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio or would only take rest at the Kalahari Resort.

Brulte added that as per him, a staffer has carried along the virus from California to Ohio and then it got spread to the spouse of the staffer. In no time, around 12 of the 36 staffers fell ill.

On Thursday, the infected individuals started showing symptoms. The Plain Dealer reported that the Erie County health officials have collected fecal samples for examination.

On Monday morning, the state party officials alarmed the delegation to the norovirus outbreak and told about the same to attendees one more time on Tuesday. Ohio health officials were also informed about the same.

Kaitlyn MacGregor, executive director of the California GOP, said, “We will continue to follow all county health department directives to keep the illness from spreading. We wish our staffers a speedy recovery”.

A report published in NY Times revealed, "The first signs of illness, thought to be norovirus, the highly contagious intestinal illness, appeared on Thursday night, just after the staff members arrived in the Cleveland area. By early Monday, symptoms had sufficiently spread among the group to notify the Erie County Health Department."

“They apparently brought it with them from California,” Peter Schade, the department’s health commissioner, said, adding that while he was waiting for test results, “we are suspecting it’s norovirus.”

Brandon Gesicki, 43, a delegate from Carmel attending the convention with his mother, also a delegate, identified an additional preventive measure the group had planned. “If you drink enough alcohol, it kills the bugs,” he said. “That’s our operational agenda for this evening.”

According to a report in Cleveland by Patrick Cooley, "RNC delegates should wash their hands with soap and water to keep any worries of norovirus at bay, doctors say. The highly contagious stomach bug – which members of California's delegation have symptoms of – may be resistant to hand sanitizer."

"Certainly people should be washing their hands and be very careful because it is very contagious," said Dr. Amy Edwards, an infectious disease specialist at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. "I imagine they're all shaking their hands a million times a day anyway."

Eleven Californians, who arrived for planning meetings ahead of the Republican National Convention and are now staying at Kalahari resort in Sandusky, showed signs of illness on Thursday, the Erie County health commissioner said. They had symptoms similar to the norovirus, a fast-spreading disease that causes vomiting and diarrhea and is notorious for spreading in close spaces, such as schools and cruise ships.

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