Number of sick from water park climbs

March 25, 2008 12:50:52 PM PDT
The number of people reporting illnesses after an outbreak of norovirus at an indoor water park in upstate New York is approaching 400.State health officials say 388 cases have been reported by people who visited the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Water Park earlier this month.

Health officials say two people were hospitalized and both have been released.

Norovirus is characterized by acute gastrointestinal pain, vomiting and diarrhea lasting one or two days. The illness is not considered dangerous to the general public.

Four of the people infected and their families have filed a lawsuit against the water park, which is about 50 miles north of Albany.

A Great Escape spokeswoman says she can't comment on the pending litigation.