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Rock Eagle campers had norovirus, health officials say



Health officials confirmed Tuesday that 54 sick campers at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center are suffering from norovirus last week, according to a news announcement from the North Central Health District.

Georgia Public Health Lab announced to local health officials Monday that samples taken from Putnam County camp came back positive for the virus, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea.

AJC.com reported that some campers started showing symptoms of gastrointestinal disease on Wednesday night. All campers, ages 9-12, came home Friday after the weekly camp that was originally planned.

MORE: 54 children get sick in the popular Georgia summer camp

The popular camp, located about an hour southeast of Atlanta, reopened Tuesday after professional cleaning crews scrubbed down cabins, the pool, and other facilities on the recommendation of the health department, said Cris DeRevere, the 4-figure woman. In addition to Monday's activities, the camp canceled an event on the weekend.

No further campers have shown symptoms of the disease that have been around surrounding communities, DeRevere said.

> From cdc.gov: How to prevent norovirus, including prevention of youth camps

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