Norovirus suspected in Minnesota banquet sicknesses

Published 10:08 am Friday, December 13, 2013

BROOKLYN PARK — The Minnesota Health Department is investigating a foodborne illness that sickened dozens of people who ate at a banquet for a Minnesota high school football team.

At least 75 people got sick after eating at a banquet for Totino Grace football players Sunday in Brooklyn Park.

The banquet was attended by 273 people at the Edinburgh USA Golf Course clubhouse restaurant.

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Totino Grace football coach Jeff Ferguson said at least 41 adults and 34 students fell ill.

A state Health Department spokesman said health officials suspect the illnesses were caused by norovirus because of the victims’ symptoms, which included vomiting and diarrhea.