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Health officials testing for norovirus in Grand Canyon

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Health workers in northern Arizona are looking into
whether the flu-like illness known as norovirus has surfaced among boaters in
the Grand Canyon.

The Arizona Daily Sun reported Coconino County health
officials are investigating facilities along the Colorado River after two
river-running companies each described a trip where passengers and crew
experienced nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Those symptoms, along with fevers and aches, are typical of the norovirus.

County workers are taking samples from latrines and other waste.

Health officials said keeping the virus from spreading on a rafting boat is
difficult because passengers are sharing the same bathrooms and surfaces.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Sun, http://www.azdailysun.com/