Popular summer camp closes following norovirus scare

GRANBY- YMCA's Camp Chief Ouray closed its doors this week after 27 campers and 15 counselors became ill with norovirus-like symptoms.

The entire staff spent several days deep cleaning the entire camp to keep future campers from coming down with the same illness as others last week.

"Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, those were the most common types we were having," said Brene Belew-Ladue, director of public health for Grand County.

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Her department is doing several tests right now. One test, the norovirus test, came back negative. But, more tests are being done to see if another virus or bacteria is responsible for the spread of illness.

"For those staff who grew up here, they want to give that experience back to other kids. They were really sad. There were a lot of tears when we told the staff session three wouldn't be starting on Saturday," said camp director, Marty Ferguson.

The Colorado Department of Public Health says several norovirus scares pop up every year at summer camps in the state. In fact, there was an actual norovirus outbreak at Camp Chief Ouray in 2008. Camp staff began a strict deep cleaning policy soon after and continued to police hand washing of their campers.

Ferguson and the rest of the staff are excited to welcome back campers next week. An estimated 250 camper families got a full refund due to camp being closed this week.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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