Norovirus Hits California RNC Delegation
At least a dozen staffers are stuck in hotel 60 miles away
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 19, 2016 11:23 PM CDT
Delegates arrive at the Quicken Loans Arena Monday morning.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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(Newser) – Republican National Convention organizers are worried about a guest even less welcome than the Clinton family would be: norovirus. The highly contagious virus, which causes vomiting and diarrhea and is known for turning cruises into hellish experiences, has struck down at least a dozen members of the California delegation, the Los Angeles Times reports. Delegates and other members of the 500-strong group from California—which is staying at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, almost 60 miles away from Cleveland—have been told to avoid sharing food or shaking hands and to stay away from buses to the convention if they have any symptoms of the bug.

California GOP chairman Jim Brulte says the virus has affected staffers, but so far none of the state's 172 delegates have fallen ill, the Washington Post reports. The affected staffers have been told to stay away from the convention, where California's delegation is seated next to Maryland's, until at least 24 hours after they stop showing symptoms. "Most of them are disappointed they can't work, but they understand that they're out of circulation," Brulte says. State health officials have been notified of the apparent outbreak.