Norovirus isn’t good for business

The Daily Journal in California reports that 45 of 200 guests at a Redwood City-San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce gathering at the Hotel Sofitel last week may have contracted the highly communicable norovirus.

The chamber was holding its annual dinner and awards recognition banquet, according to the group’s Web site.

Sofitel spokeswoman Janice Maragakis was cited as saying none of the hotel’s other guests or employees came down ill, but that General Manager Didier de La Ferrier belongs to the chamber and also came down ill. He thought it was simply the flu until the first calls came in.

The story notes that the Hotel Sofitel has no prior violations or health complaints on record.