Until this is confirmed, it is assumed that behind the outbreak in the camp is a narovirus.
LUCASVIL, Ohio – Health officials say more than 100 people, including children, fell ill after visiting a camp in Sayota County last weekend.
In an update to the Portsmouth City Department of Health on Thursday, 10TV learned that at least 114 people who visited Camporee at the Molly Lauman camp in Lucasville had fallen ill. Two children were hospitalized after the illness.
The city’s health department said there were four secondary cases among people who did not attend the camp.
More than 150 people visited the campsite from May 13 to 15, according to Girls Scouts Heartland Ohio. The camp was a scout event conducted by volunteers.
On Tuesday, the Sayota County Department of Health confirmed it had received four or five complaints of human illness.
On Wednesday, the county health department sent a message stating that it has not yet been confirmed that the outbreak in the camp is a suspected narovirus.
Health officials said those who fell ill seemed to have something in common that they drank water and / or lemonade at camp. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency inspected drinking water and found it to meet state and federal standards for drinking water of proper purification.
Health officials are waiting for the results of clinical trials.
Narovirus is highly contagious and causes inflammation of the stomach, leading to vomiting with diarrhea and stomach pain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is rapidly spreading in closed places such as children’s centers, nursing homes, schools and cruise ships.
The virus can be spread by direct contact with an infected person by eating or drinking contaminated liquids or using utensils or cups with infected people.
Those who become infected may experience severe hydration, especially young children and the elderly.
There are no drugs that can cure the virus. The Department of Health says an infected person should drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.
To learn more about the virus, visit the CDC website here.