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Wednesday, March 9

100 Swimmers Sick at Maryland State Championship Swim Meet

Nearly 100 swimmers, coaches, and spectators became ill during the Maryland State swim meet held at the U. S. Naval Academy March 3 - 6, 2011. First the swimmers became ill, then coaches and spectators began to report sickness. The illness occurred on Saturday, March 5 2011 during the final session of the meet for the day. Swimmers were reportedly getting sick on the deck after their competition, according to a letter posted on the Maryland Swimming website.

 The Anne Arundel County Health Department inspected the area, but could not find the source of contamination. The pool was found to be within acceptable levels, but with the close proximity of the athletes, the virus spread quickly.

With over 800 people in attendance, the Maryland Department of Health has asked all who attended, both sick and well,  to report information on a confidential on-line survey.

A letter to coaches and parents/guardians is posted here: Notice regarding health issues to ALL 2011 State Swimming Championship Participants and Families

Of the 99 people who reported being ill to Maryland Swimming, 89 were swimmers. The others were coaches, officials, parents, and spectators.

State health officials were testing stool samples from people who were sick to determine what pathogen caused the illness, said Lucy Wilson, chief of the health department's Center for Surveillance, Infection Prevention and Outbreak Response.

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