Norovirus sickens camp kids in Colorado
Posted: June 30th, 2010 - 2:11pm by Doug Powell
My 15-year-old daughter is off to camp for a month on Sunday in Ontario, an annual ritual.
And, like every other year, there are outbreaks of foodborne illness at summer camps.
More than 50 campers, mostly children, have become ill from the norovirus at La Foret Conference Center and Retreat Center in the Black Forest, (Colorado, not Germany).
Ralph Townsend, the General Manager of La Foret, blamed others, saying two different groups became ill after staying at the conference center, but that the spread of the virus could have been prevented if the facility was notified in time, adding,
“We are a leasing facility and the first group did not follow the protocol, so when we were notified late about the illnesses, we were never notified immediately, and that made the situation worse.”
Susan Wheelan, a spokeswoman for the El Paso County Health Department, said it appears all safety procedures have been followed successfully, and the source of the illness has not been determined.