Gamblers cautioned to avoid Westgate casino after Norovirus outbreak

A supposed outbreak of norovirus at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino won't do anything to help the casino's revenue (or stop a possible employee strike. According to the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD), almost 20 people - employees and gamblers alike - have been diagnosed with the virus, which can cause a number of undesirable symptoms. The SNHD is currently conducting an investigation into how widespread the outbreak might be.

Norovirus is a viral illness that is extremely contagious.  It is also referred to as the stomach flu or viral gastroenteritis and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, nausea and stomach cramps.  Some patients have also described as suffering from fever muscle aches, headaches and a general feeling of lethargy.  The onset of Norovirus is sudden and without warning and symptoms typically last between one and two days. 

Norovirus can spread rapidly, especially in crowded, enclosed spaces (such as a casino floor).  It can be transmitted through contaminated water or food and by touching surfaces that are already contaminated with the virus.  There are 20 million cases of norovirus registered each year in the US and is the number one cause of gastroenteritis outbreaks across the country.

While the SNHD conducts its investigation, it would be wise to stay away from the casino.  With the public protest scheduled for tomorrow afternoon by employees over working conditions and salaries, Westgate isn't having a good couple of days. 

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