- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

MARSHFIELD, Wis. (AP) - Health officials are investigating a possible outbreak of the gastrointestinal illness norovirus in central Wisconsin.

Nancy Eggleston of the Wood County Health Department says 276 people may have been exposed at a weekend banquet at Hotel Marshfield.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Eggleston says 16 suspected cases of norovirus have been reported. She says attendees and hotel staff may have been exposed.

WSAW-TV (https://bit.ly/1qZBssI ) reports Roehl Transport held an awards banquet at the hotel on Saturday. A company official says he is aware that several people have reported being sick.

Manager Cory Latourell says the hotel remains open during the investigation. She says because only banquet attendees became ill, she does not believe the hotel is the source of the contamination.

Symptoms of norovirus include vomiting, diarrhea, fever and body aches.

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Information from: WSAW-TV, https://www.wsaw.com

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