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Flamingo Flu Infected at Least 1200 People

By Chuckmonster on Friday, 5th November 2004 9:12pm
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LAS VEGAS The number of people reporting symptoms from a norovirus outbreak at a Las Vegas Strip hotel-casino has topped 1,200, the Clark County Health District said.

County health officials and the Flamingo Las Vegas had reported 270 people affected since the illness was reported Oct. 16. The number increased after an investigation, said Brian Labus, the agency's senior epidemiologist.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Friday that people from Oregon, Washington, Ohio, North Carolina and New York complained of becoming ill.

Most who reported symptoms including nausea, diarrhea and vomiting were guests and employees at the Flamingo, said Dave Tonelli, a health district spokesman. He said a few people who stayed at other hotels and visited the Flamingo also reported symptoms.

"We have not seen a large number of employees at any other resorts (become ill)," Tonelli said.

Robert Stewart, spokesman for the Flamingo, said that besides cleaning and disinfection efforts at the hotel, letters alerting guests were placed last week in the hotel's 3,455 rooms. The hotel earlier posted information on signs in the hotel lobby and casino.

"We are taking responsibility," Stewart said. "I don't think there's more that could have or should have been done."

However, a lawyer with a Seattle law firm that filed a class action lawsuit against Caesars Entertainment, parent company of the Flamingo, alleged the hotel did not properly alert more than 20 guests who became ill after staying there.

[ Needless to say, but rooms at the Fab Flam are dirt fucking cheap right now... - Ed ]



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