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We now know why more than 50 campers got sick at Rock Eagle





PUTNAM COUNTY, Ga. ̵

1; A local 4-H camp closed to a public health problem is now reopened.

Channel 2 Investigation Reporter Aaron Diamant learned that campers at Rock Eagle in Putnam County have tested positive for norovirus.

"We are confident that cleaning has definitely ensured that the environment is safe for the return of campers," said Michael Hokanson of the Georgia Department of Public Health. "They did 100% work … perfectly cooperative with us."

Last week, more than 50 campers had an upset stomach that caused vomiting, diarrhea and nausea.


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a thorough cleaning today with a deep disinfection. We've sent all of our summer camp consultants home to rest and give our staff the best opportunity to clean up, "StateH Leader Arch Smith told Channel 2 Action News last week.

Public health officials now confirm that laboratory tests of some of the diseased campers were norovirus-positive.

"It can be serious in the sense that, as with all gastrointestinal diseases, if you do not replace the fluids that you use by vomiting, diarrhea, you can dehydrate and that can be a very serious situation" said Hokanson.

The agency now calls everyone who visited Rock Eagle last week to complete an online survey even if they did not get sick to help the state identify the source.

"As long as people answer survey questions, we can see if anything is related to the camp that caused it, because with Norovirus, it's always difficult to pinpoint a 100% root cause of where the initial spread occurred Has." Hokanson said.

Hokanson told Diamant that state inspectors had tested the camp's kitchens and pools on Monday and returned clean.

Hokanson said.

Anyone who has to complete the survey can do this here.


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