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Norovirus sickens about 100 at Waikiki hotel

June 1, 2014
The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - State health officials have been supervising disinfection measures at a Waikiki hotel after about 100 guests and workers became sick from norovirus.

The Royal Hawaiian Hotel apologized for the illnesses, said spokeswoman Stephanie Dowling. Those affected received medical attention, she said. One guest required hospitalization, but it's not clear if this was because of the virus, she said.

Health officials confirmed that people fell ill due to norovirus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, norovirus causes inflammation of the stomach, intestines or both, leading to stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

The kitchen was closed last week as a precautionary measure to halt any potential spread, the state epidemiologist, Dr. Sarah Park, said.

Park said that the illness lasts from 48 to 72 hours, and the closure of the kitchen allowed for enough time for food service staff to recuperate if they were ill. She said those involved in food service should stay home if they feel ill.



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