Posted at 12:23 p.m., Monday, March 22, 2004
Las Vegas sickness total now at 1,475
By Robbie Dingeman
Advertiser Staff Writer
Clark County Health District spokesman Dave Tonelli said the latest statistics show a continued decline in the number of stomach-flu-like illnesses last week related to a norovirus outbreak linked primarily to the California Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas.
The desert destination and the hotel remain a favorite among visitors from Hawai'i, many of who frequently visit on inexpensive package tours.
Tonelli noted this was the third week of a downward trend in the number of illnesses reported to them: Feb. 27 to March 4 — 173; March 5 to 12 — 103; March 13 to 19 — 50.
He said health officials there will classify the outbreak as over when there has been a sustained decline in the number of complaints each week for one month. That coincides with the amount of time that noroviruses can survive on various surfaces: handles, counters, doorknobs, etc.
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