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Dozens sickened from norovirus after attending camp

Dozens sickened from norovirus after attending camp
Published: May. 17, 2022 at 7:42 PM EDT
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UPDATE 5/18/22 @ 6 p.m.

SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Epidemiologists with the Scioto County Health Department now suspect norovirus is what caused more than 100 people who attended a camp to become ill.

Health officials said Tuesday that anyone who was at the Camporee at Camp Molly Lauman in Lucasville from Friday, May 13 to Sunday, May 15 and is suffering from symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, or chills should seek medical attention. Scioto County Health officials said there were around 155 in attendance, and nearly 100 of those have or are now experiencing symptoms.

The health department says outbreaks of norovirus are common at this time of the year.

Dargavell says it is typically what most people would call the stomach bug and most people should recover in one to three days.

Officials say while the majority of those infected attended Camporee at Camp Molly Lauman in Scioto County, some who live in the same household as someone who attended the camp have also become sick.

Tests of the drinking water supply have been conducted by the Ohio EPA and found to be safe meeting all state and federal standards. The Scioto County Health Department is awaiting the results of other tests including fecal and vomitus test results, said the Scioto County Health Department in a statement.

A spokesperson for the Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland said in a statement to WSAZ, “We are in contact with the health department for guidance on preventative measures and determining the status of upcoming events so that we can protect future visitors. We are grateful for the expertise and assistance received from our partners and we will continue to update our staff and volunteers. We appreciate the heartfelt concern and assistance in finding answers to the root cause of this situation.”

The Portsmouth City Health Department is encouraging those who are experiencing vomiting, diarrhea, headache or chills, to please contact the Scioto County Health Department to assist in tracking and identifying the cause of the illness. Please contact Molly Dargavell, BS, Regional Epidemiologist for Scioto County, Portsmouth City, Lawrence County at 740-354-8931 or by email at: Molly.Dargavell@portsmouthoh.org.

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ORIGINAL STORY 5/17/22

SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The Scioto County Health Department is sending out a warning to anyone who attended the Camporee at Camp Molly Lauman in Lucasville from Friday, May 13 to Sunday, May 15.

Health officials say anyone who was there and is now suffering from symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, headaches or chills should seek medical attention.

The Department says the warning comes as an investigation has been launched into the event.

No other information has been released at this time.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for more details.

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