More than 100 people develop a suspected outbreak of norovirus in B.C. hotels

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VANCOUVER – More than 100 people became ill as a result of an alleged norovirus outbreak in two hotels in the Vancouver area over the weekend.

Claudia Kurzac, Vancouver Coastal Health's environmental health manager, said the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel and the Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel were affected, although a confirmation of the norovirus will not arrive until the test results are back next week.

Steve Veinot, general manager of the Sheraton at the airport, says he is disinfecting all hard surfaces, kitchens, public spaces and guest rooms.

It says that the hotel will not open until they are sure that it is safe and that the health authority gives them the go ahead.

Veinot states that the source of the virus has not been identified.

The Hilton could not be reached for comment.

Vancouver Coastal Health states that noroviruses are a group of viruses that cause severe gastroenteritis, commonly known as stomach flu.

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