FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2018

Norovirus suspected in Notre Dame summer camp outbreak

Public health investigators in Indiana are trying to discover how a suspected outbreak of norovirus began at a University of Notre Dame sports camps for middle- and high-school students.

The illness sickened 107 students attending summer sports camps at the university. Approximately 30 students were sent to area hospitals with symptoms that included vomiting, nausea and diarrhea, according to

"At about 2 a.m. yesterday morning...we had a number of camp participants waking up ill and contacting coaches in the residence halls," Notre Dame spokesman Dennis Brown said, reports. "Once it became clear that it was more than just a couple, we knew it was more than just an isolated incident or two."

The sports camps are continuing despite the outbreak, but some of the participants have been moved to alternative accommodations.

"We attended to the kids yesterday in terms of transportation to hospital and have taken the usual precautions, [including] cleaning residents rooms and common areas," Brown said, according to "We've been making phone calls to all of the families of the participants who were sick both last night and today, touching base just to see how things are going making sure everything is OK."

St. Joseph County Health Department investigators are processing samples to determine the cause of the illness, but they suspect norvirus infection, which can lead to severe gastroenteritis.