At least 11 GOP staffers have contracted a virus that resembled the dreaded norovirus.
Although the affected individuals are not delegates themselves, they were part of the group that provided logistical support during the recently held event in Cleveland last week. The staffs initially showed symptoms of illness, but it was only Tuesday that confirmation came saying they might have contracted the virus, Cleveland reported.
According to Erie County Health officials, the affected GOP staffs were already isolated and are currently staying at the Kalahari resort to avoid further spread of the virus. Norovirus is a contagious and fast-spreading disease that often manifested by severe vomiting and diarrhea; if left untreated, it can lead to death.
Pete Schade, Erie County Health Commissioner, was quick to clarify that there is still no confirmation that tells whether the group was infected with the dreaded norovirus. But the official said the health bureau is not taking any chances and did a precautionary measure.
“They’ve done everything we’ve asked them to do” as far as avoiding contact with other people. It looks like the norovirus, but we’re not going to say that’s definitively what it is,” Schade was quoted as saying by Cleveland.
Local health officials have already collected stool samples from the 11 suspected individuals who might have contracted the virus for confirmatory analysis. The results of the confirmatory tests will be released in the coming days.
Meanwhile, GOP chairman said there have been no delegates nor alternates who have shown symptoms similar to norovirus infection as of Tuesday. Despite the norovirus scare, the GOP delegation still attended the convention at Quicken Loans Arena, the Washington Post reported.