Tradeshow attendees at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville reported contracting a stomach bug called norovirus.
At least one conference was ended early and another canceled altogether since the Metro Public Health Department confirmed an outbreak of the gastrointestinal illness on Jan. 16.
Spread through food, water or contaminated surfaces, symptoms of the highly contagious virus include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, which attendees suffered following a hardware tradeshow held Jan. 7-10. Lab tests confirmed three cases of norovirus from hotel guests or delegates.
According to Gaylord officials, hotel staff will clean and sanitize the property, including meeting spaces and common areas.