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Posted at 8:55 AM ET, 03/ 9/2011

About 100 sickened after swim meet

By Associated Press

Maryland health officials say about 100 people have reported symptoms of a viral illness after a swim meet at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Raymond Brown, general chair Maryland State Swimming Championships, tells The Baltimore Sun that most of those who reported being sick with symptoms of viral gastroenteritis after this past weekend's meet were swimmers.

Health Department official Dr. Lucy Wilson says the department is still testing to determine the cause of the illness. She says gastroenteritis is caused by noroviruses, which are normally transmitted through contact with an infected person.

Wilson says the pool itself is an unlikely source.

Brown says teams from all over Maryland competed in the championships.

By Associated Press  | March 9, 2011; 8:55 AM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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Norovirus is what the cruise ship passengers get when infected sewage gets mixed into the drinking water or food.

Posted by: blasmaic | March 9, 2011 9:29 AM | Report abuse

HMM I WONDER IF THIS IS JUST ONE BIG COINCIDENCE

Posted by: JoshC121 | March 9, 2011 10:53 AM | Report abuse

^(sarcasm)

Posted by: JoshC121 | March 9, 2011 10:53 AM | Report abuse

I read somewhere that if somebody has a diarrhea accident in a pool, or recently recovered from a gastrointestinal illness but failed to shower before getting in the pool, viruses or bacteria can end up in the water. I also read that it can take chlorine up to minutes to kill the virus or bacteria. In other words, it's possible that the pool was a source, after being infected by an unwell swimmer.

Posted by: CAmira5 | March 9, 2011 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Oops--I meant up to 10 minutes.

Posted by: CAmira5 | March 9, 2011 11:04 AM | Report abuse

it wasn't the pool.
Not just swimmers got it, but spectators, parents and officials who never entered the water. this was a four day event. So those attending had plenty of time to pass it around during meals or get-togethers etc as part of the meet.
There were a couple people where I work who had something similiar on friday and monday, so this probably goes beyond this one event.
Click the link with the story for more details.

Posted by: MarilynManson | March 9, 2011 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Look at it this way, at least you get a ticket for a free cruise. Oh, wait. It wasn't a cruise. I guess you all are screwed.

Posted by: blasmaic | March 9, 2011 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Norovirus is transmitted when a person uses the bathroom and doesn't wash their hands then touches the door handle and then someone comes behind them and touches it and is quickly spread from hand to mouth and person to person. WASH YOUR HANDS NASTY! It's not transmitted from drinking water, but can be transmitted from a water fountain. Some people are just very nasty, watch them next time you're in public, picking noses, then want to shake your hand, sneezing and coughing and won't cover the mouth -- just nasty.

Posted by: smilie803 | March 9, 2011 5:46 PM | Report abuse

can you breath in a norovirus through the humid air of an enclosed rec center?

Posted by: destewar | March 10, 2011 3:25 AM | Report abuse

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