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2002 Outbreak of Norovirus at an Academy Awards Banquet, California

In March 2002 the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (LAC DHS) investigated an outbreak of norovirus infections among attendees of an Academy Awards Banquet held at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Both attendees and hotel workers were interviewed. Approximately 560 persons attended the banquet. One hundred eighty four were interviewed. Eighty five persons met the case definition. No one was hospitalized and no one died. Six of 16 stool specimens collected from attendees were positive for norovirus and 2 of 29 hotel employee specimens were positive for norovirus. Employees who submitted positive stool specimens were not involved in food preparation. They became ill after the banquet. Investigators did not determine the vehicle for patron and staff illnesses.

  • Outbreak began:
  • March 2002
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • California
  • Organism(s):
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Unknown
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • No
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Banquet
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 85
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 8
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 77
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • No
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 0
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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