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PROVO — A gastrointestinal virus spread through youth sports camps at BYU earlier this month leaving several dozen children sick.
About 60 teenagers experienced stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea during the week of June 6-10, said Lance Madigan, Utah County Department of Health spokesman. Health officials attributed the flu-like symptoms to the norovirus, a fast-acting, highly contagious illness often occurring in a contained environment such as a cruise ship or dormitory, he said.
Noroviruses spread from person to person, through contaminated food or water, and by touching contaminated surfaces. People usually become sick within 24 hours of exposure and get over it in less than 48 hours.
"We can't find a case zero, so to speak," Madigan said. "It reacts so quickly that it's hard to pin it down to a specific person."
BYU officials notified parents and thoroughly cleaned areas where campers eat and sleep, he said. The health department, he said, did not put out a general health alert because the virus stayed in a small area.
There were no reports of illness in the past week. "BYU reacted well to address the issue and it's all over now," Madigan said.