Dozens sick from Mississippi Coast Convention Center visit

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Dozens of people caught an illness after events at the Coast Convention Center.

Two separate groups of people from separate events reported they became ill after attending events at the convention center.

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News 25 spoke with Executive Director Matt McDonnell who says a person who came to set up for the first event was sick and threw up in a trash can. McDonnell says that area was later cleaned, but some germs apparently remained. “Based on our research and knowledge of what the symptoms have been it appears it could be the norovirus and if that is the case the shelf life is short lived. So we are making sure we do everything we can to positively effect the area in question.”

McDonnell tells News 25 they are completely sanitizing the area and there will be no events in that part of the building for several weeks.