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Stomach flu sickens dozens at Flagstaff wrestling camp

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Posted: Friday, July 22, 2005 3:23 pm | Updated: 9:57 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A stomach flu outbreak has sickened 58 teens and four coaches at a wrestling camp in Flagstaff that draws participants from all over the country.

Five of the teens attending the camp at Northern Arizona University were taken to Flagstaff Medical Center on Wednesday and Thursday.

Coconino County health officials suspect the outbreak was caused by a stomach flu commonly known as Norwalk virus. It is not usually serious but can cause diarrhea, nausea and other symptoms of dehydration. Test results are expected tomorrow.

The illness, also known as a norovirus, usually appears in environments where people are staying in close quarters. Recent outbreaks have occurred on cruise ships.

County health officials expect test results tomorrow. They do not believe the virus had contaminated food. Instead, they said, it likely was passed among the campers and coaches either because of poor hand-washing, or because one was sick with the illness.

The Flagstaff hospital continues to see people with similar symptoms, but it's unclear if the cases are related to the outbreak.

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