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Norovirus sickens about 100 at Waikiki hotel

May 28, 2014 - 12:01am

HONOLULU — State health officials are supervising disinfection measures at a major Waikiki hotel after about 100 guests and workers became sick from norovirus.

Royal Hawaiian Hotel spokeswoman Stephanie Dowling says the hotel apologizes for the illnesses. She says the affected people received medical attention and one guest required hospitalization, but it’s not clear if the hospitalization was because of the virus.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports health officials confirm the illnesses are due to norovirus. According to the Centers for Disease Control, norovirus causes inflammation of the stomach, intestines, or both, leading to stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

The hotel kitchen will be closed until Wednesday. State Epidemiologist Sarah Park says closing the kitchen was a precautionary measure to halt any potential spread.