Health Officials have been investigating a suspected norovirus outbreak at Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino.
At the end of June, families from across the state stayed at Westgate for the Miss Nevada pageant.
Contestants said several people got sick during and after the competition.
"It's terrifying, because we're all trying to stay healthy and look good on stage and everyone's throwing up around us," one contestant, who asked to remain anonymous, said.
It was a week she prepared all year for: to compete in Miss Nevada at the Westgate in Las Vegas.
But she and the other contestants weren't prepared for so many people to get sick.
"The first girl in our group that got sick, it happened Wednesday night and then each day a couple more girls got sick and a couple more got sick the day after that. I know one girl actually got sick while she was on stage and had to run off," she said.
She said the show went on and contestants pulled through. She ended up getting first runner up. It wasn't until the end of the pageant that most contestants learned how widespread the illness was.
"A couple of the employees were getting sick, so that's when we stared to figure out it wasn't just our group. Even our family members who we had not seen at that point they were getting sick."
The Southern Nevada Health District has been investigating.
Their information so far suggested a gastrointestinal illness. Consistent with norovirus or the stomach flu. Health officials couldn't confirm how many people got sick.
Officials said they've surveyed the Westgate's kitchens and on July 4, the resort agreed to close the buffet for an additional health assessment.
A spokesperson for Westgate issued this statement on July 5:We’ve received reports from some individuals who have been on property and around Las Vegas that they fell ill. Out of an abundance of caution, we have completed an exhaustive disinfectant sweep of all of our resort common areas and are fully cooperating with the Southern Nevada Health District to mitigate any possible issues. We have not had an incident reported in over a day. It is of the upmost importance to our leadership team that our team members and guests remain healthy and safe. As a reminder, the health department encourages everyone to continue proper hygiene practices.The contestant said she felt fine until she got home this week.
"On Tuesday, I started feeling kinda sick really nauseous; my stomach was cramping and I threw up that night and it let into the next day."
She said she felt better after about 24 hours. But she said she hopes the problem is solved soon, so more people don't get sick.
"We couldn't figure out where it came from. At first, we all thought it was food poisoning because all of our dinner is being catered from the hotel kitchen. So I would hope they're doing something good to take care of it. I think they are."
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