Cheer/Dance Event Outbreak Update: Nearly 200 Illnesses Reported - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Cheer/Dance Event Outbreak Update: Nearly 200 Illnesses Reported So Far

OLYMPIA,  Wash. - Preliminary survey results show at least 192 reported illnesses around Washington during or after the state high school cheerleading tournament in Everett, February 4. The cause and specific disease are still under investigation.

Symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea, and while most people have recovered, 30 attendees have reported seeking medical treatment. The Washington State Department of Health is leading the disease investigation, working with local health partners and the event sponsor, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA).

As part of the investigation, questionnaires were sent to participants and their families and stool samples are being collected for testing at the state Public Health Laboratories. People who attended the event and have severe symptoms are advised to contact a health care provider.

According the WIAA, more than 3,000 people attended the event and more than 1,000 competed in the State Cheerleading and Salute to Spirit in cheer and dance/drill.

Intestinal illnesses can be caused by several viruses and bacteria that may come from a wide variety of sources. Symptoms typically include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and may include headaches, stomach cramps, and fever. As with many illnesses, good personal hygiene including frequent hand washing is an important tool to prevent the spread of disease.

 

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