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Viral outbreak in Catskill Mountains: historic resort quarantined

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Something is infecting guests at a resort in the mountains, reducing them to heaving, retching monsters with a lust for brains pepto bismol. No, this isn't the latest George Romero flick, it's a viral outbreak that turned an education conference into an incredible spew-fest.

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Illustration for article titled Viral outbreak in Catskill Mountains: historic resort quarantined

Attendees of the New York State Association of Independent Schools Education & Information Technology's Open Space Sessions (or NEIT for short), had an unpleasant surprise when they began blowing chunks in the middle of the conference. By the final day, over half the attendees were holed-up in their bathrooms, victim of a ruthless Norovirus ravaging the resort. The virus caused such an incredible display of intestinal distress that it even got its own hashtag.

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Illustration for article titled Viral outbreak in Catskill Mountains: historic resort quarantined

By Thursday, the conference was full of so many sick conference-goers, and so many employees had called out sick, that the Mohonk Mountain Resort was forced to completely shut down and invited an industrial cleaning crew (with full hazmat gear, one would assume). According to their marketing director, the cleaning company was instructed to clean every single surface in every room in the hopes of eradicating the "aggressive stomach virus."

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According to the Times Herald Record, the resort might give guests refunds:

Refunds for guests who chose to leave Mohonk Mountain House during the spread of the virus are to be handled on case-by-case basis, according to Marketing Director Nina Smiley.

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If you swapped beauty queens with educational professionals, the outbreak was basically that scene from Drop Dead Gorgeous:

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