Health officials: No evidence norovirus will continue to spread

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Health officials said Monday there is no evidence norovirus will spread further after several guests contracted the disease on Jan. 15 at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.

According to the CDC, norovirus is the leading cause of disease outbreaks from contaminated food in the United States.

The Metro Public Health Department stated Monday their investigation indicated the disease spread person to person. There was no evidence food service was the source.

The investigation came after multiple guests experienced gastrointestinal and/or flu-like symptoms, including nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, leading hotel officials to call the health department Thursday, Jan. 15.

Officials tested stool samples from five of the people who fell ill. The Tennessee Department of Health’s lab confirmed it was norovirus.

It is easily spread from person to person, making it difficult to pinpoint the source. The CDC reports hand sanitizer is also ineffective.

Health officials also noted norovirus is common this time of year and some of the hotel guests have been related to exposure before arriving at Opryland.

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