A norovirus outbreak at the Cleveland RNC has caused some staffers to be isolated

By Macaela Mackenzie
Updated: July 20, 2016

Only halfway through the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, and we've already seen some pretty crazy stuff go down. See: #NeverTrump supporters on the convention floor, 100 naked women rallied outside the Quicken Loans Arena protesting the Republican party for their women's rights policies, and that's not to forget the controversy surrounding Melania Trump for her speech that sounded suspiciously similar to one given by First Lady Michelle Obama years earlier. (Oh, wait, and there was also that part when Stephen Colbert stole the stage to liken the entire event to the Hunger Games. Ouch.)

On top of all that excitement, the RNC is reportedly making some staffers sick to their stomachs...literally. According to reports, there's been an outbreak of the norovirus-a.k.a. the stomach flu-at the event keeping some party members out of the action. Nearly a dozen Republican staffers from California have reportedly taken ill and are voluntarily isolating themselves in their hotel about 60 miles from the convention center in an effort to prevent its spread.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines the norovirus as a contagious virus that can infect anyone (regardless of their political views), and can be spread by eating or drinking contaminated food or through contact with another infected person or surface. (How to Know If You Have a Stomach Bug, Or If It Was the Food You Ate.)

Symptoms of this nasty bug can include stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting caused by inflammation of the stomach and intestines. So it only makes sense to keep the sick delegates off the convention floor.



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