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At least 100 fall ill after convention in Grand Rapids

Associated Press

Grand Rapids – Officials say at least 100 people from 25 states who attended a national letter carrier’s convention in western Michigan have reported flu-like symptoms.

The Kent County Health Department says the people who were sickened attended the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association convention at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids from Aug. 14-17. Department spokesman Steve Kelso tells The Grand Rapids Press that one of those sickened required a hospital stay.

Health officials say influenza is suspected since symptoms generally involve cough, sneezing and fever.

WOOD-TV reports the source of the illnesses is under investigation. Several thousand people attended the event and Kelso says he isn’t aware of any DeVos Place employees becoming ill.