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National Youth Football Championships sacked by Notovirus

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More than 90 kids and their parents were sacked by an outbreak of Notovirus during the national More than 90 kids and their parents were sacked by an outbreak of Notovirus during the National Youth Football Championships in Las Vegas this weekend.

According to Justin Gates, vice president and competition director for Sports Network International, which organized the tournament, “at least nine teams out of 100 in attendance were affected by stomach cramps and vomiting,” although they were staying at different hotels and ate at different restaurants. In fact, guests at one hotel were taken to the hospital on shuttle buses.

"I was very scared because I really didn't know what was going on," Alastair Jones, coach of the Santa Monica Vikings Tiny Mites and father of a sick 7-year-old , told ABC News affiliate KTNV.

In the meantime, Capt. John Steinbeck of the Clark County Fire Department, said officials are still seeking the source.
Norovirus is highly contagious and considered to be the most common foodborne cause of gastroenteritis outbreaks in the United States, according to the CDC, which went on to state, csusing as many as “21 million illnesses, 56,000-71,000 hospitalizations and 570-800 deaths annually.” It is also easily spread through contact with an infected person, and touching contaminated surfaces as well as eating or drinking tainted food.

According to Justin Gates, vice president and competition director for Sports Network International, which organized the tournament, “at least nine teams out of 100 in attendance were affected by stomach cramps and vomiting,” although they were staying at different hotels and ate at different restaurants. In fact, guests at one hotel were taken to the hospital on shuttle buses.

"I was very scared because I really didn't know what was going on," Alastair Jones, coach of the Santa Monica Vikings Tiny Mites and father of a sick 7-year-old , told ABC News affiliate KTNV.

In the meantime, Capt. John Steinbeck of the Clark County Fire Department, said officials are still seeking the source.
Norovirus is highly contagious and considered to be the most common foodborne cause of gastroenteritis outbreaks in the United States, according to the CDC, which went on to state, csusing as many as “21 million illnesses, 56,000-71,000 hospitalizations and 570-800 deaths annually.” It is also easily spread through contact with an infected person, and touching contaminated surfaces as well as eating or drinking tainted food.

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