Dozens sickened at youth tournament in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Health officials say a norovirus may be the cause of an outbreak that has affected dozens of players, coaches and parents taking part in a youth football tournament in Las Vegas.

Southern Nevada Health District spokesman Jorge Viote (hoar-hay vee-oh-tay) says his agency is interviewing the sick and taking samples from them as part of an investigation to pinpoint the cause of the outbreak.

But he says the flu-like symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea are consistent with cases of norovirus, a mostly food- or water-borne illness.

He was unsure how many people have fallen ill, but KSNV-TV in Las Vegas reports about 100 people have developed flu-like symptoms.

Tournament spokesman Justin Gates told the station that at least nine of 100 teams participating in the National Youth Football Championships have been affected. The four-day tournament ends Saturday.

He didn’t immediately return phone calls to The Associated Press on Saturday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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