F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 5 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜
w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m
In light of the January 2015Norovirus out-
break at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and
Convention Center in Nashville, hotel offi-
cials are diligently working to protect guests
from further illness.
Gaylord officials released the following
statement regarding the reported illnesses:
"Local health officials are reporting that
Norovirus is common this time of year, and
the hotel has recently seen an increase in the
number of guests reporting they are unwell.
"On January 26, the Metro Nashville
Health Department reported there was not a
continuing threat of illness at the hotel and in-
dicated some episodes of illness were related
to exposures guests may have had from out-
side the hotel or before arriving at the hotel.
The hotel continues to undertake extensive
efforts beyond public health department rec-
According to the Centers for Disease Con-
trol (CDC), the Norovirus is a "very conta-
gious virus" that can be transmitted via an
infected person, contaminated food or water,
or by touching contaminated surfaces. The
virus causes your stomach or intestines or
both to become inflamed, leading to stomach
pain, nausea and diarrhea.
Norovirus is the most common cause of
acute gastroenteritis in the United States, the
CDC reports. Each year, it causes 19-21 mil-
lion illnesses and contributes to 56,000-
71,000 hospitalizations and 570-800 deaths.
The best way to help prevent norovirus is
to practice proper hand washing and general
cleanliness. Under the CDC's recommenda-
tions, here are some suggestions to help
protect attendees from this and similar
n Review the meeting venue's health
inspections to insure that workers are
practicing proper hand hygiene, etc.
n Review the venue's cleaning policy and
schedules and encourage attendees to
participate in daily linen washings.
n Avoid serving raw foods such as fruits,
vegetables and seafood.
n Offer alcohol-based hand sanitizers. n
N E W S I D E A S
Norovirus 101: Protecting Attendees From Illness