Posted: Jun 13, 2013 4:31 PM by Jamie Leary
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - More than two dozen Yellowstone National Park employees are suffering from norovirus after an outbreak at the park.
Around 30 park employees, mostly concession workers at Mammoth Hot Springs, contracted norovirus around June 6, according to park spokesman Al Nash.
Nash says the outbreak is isolated to Mammoth Hot Springs. He believes the employees got sick after coming in contact with two busses of tourists who were suffering from significant gastrointestinal problems.
The park's public health officer along with Xanterra, which runs park concessions, and other safety officials have made sure those infected are isolated for several days after their symptoms disappear.
There is no medical treatment for norovirus. Health experts recommend rest and hydration.
The virus is transmitted when people are exposed to affected vomit or stool on unclean surfaces or by eating food prepared by someone who is ill.
People are most contagious when they are experiencing symptoms and for up to three days after recovering. To prevent spreading the illness, people should wash their hands well with soap and water particularly after changing diapers or before preparing food.
The Department of Public Health and Human Services statisticss show Montana averages about 20 norovirus outbreaks each year.