Las Vegas • An outbreak that sent about 28 people to the emergency room during a youth football tournament in Las Vegas was caused by norovirus, health officials said Monday.
Tournament spokesman Justin Gates said some 90 to 100 players, coaches and parents came down with symptoms including nausea, vomiting and diarrhea during the four-day National Youth Football Championships that ended Saturday. The stomach bug prompted tournament organizers to prohibit end-of-the-game handshakes between opposing players out of fear that participants might infect each other.
After two stool samples tested positive for norovirus, investigators at the Southern Nevada Health District pinned the blame on the illness, which is mostly food- or water-borne and can also be spread by an infected person. The exact source has not been determined, although organizers said there have been no obvious commonalities between the cases, such as a restaurant or hotel that all sick people visited.