Unknown Number of People Sickened at NY Hilton

Friday, Apr 26, 2013  |  Updated 9:57 PM EDT
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Unknown Number of People Sickened at NY Hilton

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An unknown number of people have been sickened after attending events at a Hilton hotel in Westchester, and health officials believe the cause could be Norovirus, a stomach bug that produces vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pain.

 
The county health department said inspectors have been at the hotel all week since reports of people being sickened last weekend.
 
"We don't know how many are affected yet," the county health department said in a statement.
 
The hotel said it is working with health officials and is making every effort to ensure its practices are in line with safety and sanitation guidelines.
 
Norovirus is extremely contagious and can be passed from contaminated food or water or by touching contaminated surfaces. According to the Centers for Disease Control, it is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis in the U.S., causing about 21 million illnesses per year.
 
There is no treatment for Norovirus, other than to drink fluids and let the illness run its course. 
 
Organizers of upcoming events at the hotel have been notified.
 

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