Calif. GOP optimistic norovirus outbreak is contained

Seema Mehta
Los Angeles Times

Sandusky, Ohio — California GOP officials said Wednesday they were optimistic a highly contagious virus that led to the quarantine of at least a dozen staff members was contained.

"We've had no new outbreaks for the last 24 hours, which makes me feel like all of our efforts to fight it ... have worked," Executive Director Cynthia Bryant told the delegation at its breakfast meeting. "So knock on wood and say a prayer."

The staff members had come down with what was confirmed to be norovirus, which causes stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, fever and diarrhea. They could not leave their hotel rooms until they had been symptom-free for 24 hours. The affliction is generally short-lived but can be dangerous and even fatal, especially for the elderly and the young. Erie County health officials have been involved in testing for and monitoring the outbreak.

The 550-member delegation was warned of the outbreak by the state GOP early Tuesday and advised to avoid shaking hands with others, to wash hands frequently, to avoid sharing food and to not use the delegation buses if they had any symptoms.

No delegates, alternates or guests had reported any signs of the virus, Bryant said.