An outbreak of norovirus at a resort in western P.E.I. was not related to food or water at the hotel, says the chief public health officer.


Dr. Heather Morrison praised the quick reaction of the resort to the norovirus. (CBC)

Dr. Heather Morrison said it appears norovirus was brought into the Rodd Mill River Resort from the community. Twenty people fell ill with symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea on the weekend of March 2.

"We already know that norovirus is circulating across P.E.I., with cases from one side of the Island to the other," said Morrison.

"[There is] no indication that the outbreak was related to food or water, because of onset of symptoms of when people got sick and when they checked into the resort."

Morrison praised the reaction of the resort to the problem, which involved enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces.

"The resort has done a really good job at making sure the cleaning was put in place and to remind people, certainly, we need to wash our hands, and wash our hands well with warm water and soap, to try to protect yourself and your family," she said.

No further illness has been reported since.

Rodd sent notices to guests booked to arrive giving them the option of cancelling. The chain's director of operations said a small number did, including a hockey team in a tournament in West Prince next weekend.

March and April are usually peak months for norovirus cases on P.E.I., Morrison said.