Scientists sickened by norovirus at Santa Fe conference

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – More than 30 scientists fell sick after attending a symposium in Santa Fe in early May.

The New Mexican reports that 251 people attended the biomedical research conference at the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza hotel. The state health department says dozens of them were infected with norovirus, which causes vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps. No one was hospitalized or had complications.

Infectious Disease Epidemiology Bureau Chief David Selvage says officials don’t know what caused the outbreak. He says the Hilton notified the health department and immediately took proper precautions.

Norovirus can be spread simply by shaking hands with someone who is infected, touching an infected surface or eating contaminated food.

Selvage says the virus likely spread at the symposium because no other guests reported the illness.

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