Partygoers fall ill after weekend Christmas events at P.E.I. hotel

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Dr. Heather Morrison

Chief Public Health Officer has 59 confirmed cases of intestinal upset following buffet parties at Delta hotel

Some 59 people have reported sympthoms of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea following a night of corporate Christmas parties at the Delta Prince Edward in Charlottetown Saturday.

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison said her office was told about it early this week and launched what is a routine investigation.

“The symptoms of those affected include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea,” she said.

“There have been no reports of hospitalizations to date. Most people have been recovering within one to two days.”

The symptom onset for the majority of cases began on Monday.

Morrison said questionnaires were sent to staff who worked those functions and to all guests that could be identified.

Outbreaks like this are rare but regular throughout a year, she said, and finding an exact cause is often difficult. It may be an organism carried into the hotel and spread by hands touching a serving utensil at a buffet, for example.

“In addition to the questionnaires, stool samples are being collected from those who still have symptoms, environmental health inspectors have been speaking to staff at the hotel, and any leftover food is being kept for possible testing,” said Morrison.

“Enteric (vomiting and diarrhea) illness may be due to different causes, some which are food-related but others (most commonly viruses) are passed from person-to-person, often prior to anyone realizing they are ill,” she said.

“The Delta has been very co-operative with the investigation and the hotel has enhanced cleaning measures in place.”

Organizations: PEI hotel, Delta Prince Edward Hotel Saturday.Chief Public Health Officer Doctor

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Recent comments

  • Louann
    December 10, 2015 - 16:56

    I had supper at another restaurant Sunday night in Ch'town and came down with the same S/S on Tuesday . Most likely a virus .

  • Willy Wonka
    December 10, 2015 - 06:26

    Nausea, diarrhea & vomitting are a whole lot worse than having intestinal upset. Sounds like it's being downplayed because it happened at the Delta. Tell it to the people from Veterans Affairs who booked a party and got sick, more than likely from contaminated food caused by poor food handling practices.

    • jeremy
      December 11, 2015 - 10:05

      Be thankful only 59 DVA employees fell ill. 160 employees of Atlantic Windows (from Port Elgin, NB) got norovirus at a corporate party in Amherst in early November. Almost 3 times the number of DVA employees who had it. Noro is going through all the schools and nursing homes in NS and NB. Inevitable before it hits PEI.

  • tucker
    December 10, 2015 - 03:35

    What a shitty weekend.