Norovirus strikes Jewish camp in Texas


(JTA) — More than 100 campers and staff at a Union for Reform Judaism overnight camp in Bruceville, Texas, were stricken with the norovirus.

The outbreak on the final days of the session at URJ Greene Family Camp meant many campers and staff left earlier than the Aug. 2 closing, according to the Jewish Herald-Voice of Houston.

The cause of the outbreak wasn’t clear; more than 400 others in camp were not affected by the virus.

Symptoms of the norovirus infection include gastrointestinal issues like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea that typically resolve in 24 to 48 hours.

Staff worked around the clock to maintain the camp schedule, care for the sick campers and prevent further outbreaks by disinfecting cabins, bathrooms and other facilities, the Herald-Voice reported.

“Our staff was remarkable and the kids were great,” camp director Loui Dobin said. “We are thankful that we have a great staff.”

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