VICTORIA — More than 150 people became ill at a Harbour Towers Hotel and Suites in Victoria, B.C., following a Jan. 14 outbreak of the highly contagious norovirus.

Problems began the final night of the annual Canadian University Press national conference when several students and staff experienced severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. “That’s a really significant outbreak,” Murray Fyfe, chief medical health officer for the Vancouver Island Health Authority, told the Victoria, B.C.-based Times Colonist.

Ill delegates were quarantined in their rooms, which, according to USA Today, were complimentary.

The hotel staff cleaned the hotel with bleach products, and health officials report the hotel is now safe.

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