Person with no link to group falls ill at UM

August 12, 2004

People who visited the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, College Park within the past two days may have been exposed to a virus that caused dozens of teenagers to get sick this week.

University officials said yesterday that a person unrelated to the first group became ill at the arts center Tuesday.

The unidentified individual also had stayed at LaPlata Hall, the dormitory where the teen-agers were lodged before they became ill.

At least four of those students have tested positive for the Norwalk virus, a norovirus. The virus, which is highly contagious, causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps for up to two days.

The person who became sick at the arts center was part of a music camp.

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