Possible Norovirus Outbreak at LeRoy Wedding Reception

Posted at: 12/05/2012 5:30 PM
Updated at: 12/05/2012 6:19 PM
By: Brianna Long

(ABC 6 News) -- It's a pretty nasty bug that can make you extremely sick and spreads quickly this time of year. That may have proven all too true for a wedding party in LeRoy this weekend.

Stomach cramps, dry heaves, vomiting; those are not the words you would normally associate with your daughter's wedding. That's exactly what Marcie Hall experienced after her daughter's wedding in LeRoy this weekend. And she wasn't alone.

"A couple of days after, people started getting sick. Flu-like symptoms. People are still continuing to get sick," said Hall.

There were around 400 guests at the reception, and Hall says most of them got sick. After visiting the local clinic, some members of Hall's family believe the culprit is the Norovirus.

"My daughter feels horrible and it's not her fault," said Hall.

Doctors have yet to confirm that was actually Norovirus. But now, the Minnesota Department of Health is involved. Pam Kellogg, with the Mower County Health and Human Services Department, isn't connected to the LeRoy incident. But she says that if it is Norovirus, more people could get sick.

"It spreads easily through facilities like nursing care facilities or you hear about it on cruise ships. Anyone that's in close quarters, it can easily spread. So if you have symptoms, you should not be around others," said Kellogg.

Hall hopes her experience will at least help others stay healthy.

"I would say, if you don't feel good, you should stay home. No matter what your event is, or what your job is even. If your boss doesn't understand, I would say that's his problem, or her problem. Is it worth it to make everyone else sick?" said Hall.

Health officials say hand washing is the best way to keep from getting sick.