Tuesday, January 17, 2012

My time in BC...it was memorable

From the Toronto Sun (for the record, it was actually 60 or 70 people)

About 40 people attending a student conference in Victoria, B.C., were hit by what's suspected to be the Norwalk virus Saturday night.

"They came down with vomiting and diarrhea, and even though we haven't confirmed it's Norwalk, it's very likely that it is," Suzanne Germain, a spokeswoman with Vancouver Island Health Authority, told QMI Agency Sunday afternoon.

"You feel like you wanna die, it's highly unpleasant," she added.

About 350 students were attending NASH74, the Canadian University Press' 74th annual student journalist conference, at the Harbour Towers Hotel and Suites. The event -- which gives student journalists the opportunity to meet with their peers, share skills, and participate in workshops and seminars hosted by professionals in the field -- began last Wednesday and wrapped up Sunday.

Germain said that about eight students were sent to hospital Saturday night, but "were hydrated and released immediately."

She said that about 30 others reported having Norwalk symptoms, which include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Since Norwalk is contagious, Germain said that students who are ill with it have been asked to stay in their rooms until the symptoms disappear.

Hey bloggies,

Sorry I haven't been around lately but guess what I've been doing? If you guessed "laying over a toilet throwing up saying 'I wanna die'..." you're right.

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