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Norovirus outbreak delays swimming and diving championships

March 26, 2010
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COLUMBUS, OH — The 2010 NCAA Division I Men''s Swimming and Diving Championships at the Ohio State University have been delayed following a norovirus outbreak that sickened at least 18 student-athletes and one coach, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
While it remains unclear where the ill individuals picked up the bug, the common connection appears to be a flight all of the affected shared from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the story stated.
According to the story, swimmers from the University Arizona, Stanford University and the University of Texas shared an American Airlines flight and members of all three teams fell ill.
Dr. Mysheika LeMaile-Williams, medical director for the city of Columbus, said: "It''s also possible they were exposed to something here in Columbus, and we''re concerned about that."
Hand sanitizers have been installed on the walls at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion and cleaning staff stepped up disinfecting of bathrooms, water fountains, the pool deck and benches, among other things, the story noted.
The championships, originally scheduled to start yesterday, instead began today at noon to provide time for the student-athletes to get through the "48-hour sick period" generally observed with norovirus, the story added.
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