One dead, others ill after attending Ore. meeting

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PORTLAND — Oregon health officials are investigating after one man died and more than a dozen other people fell ill after attending the same meeting.

The Oregonian says 43-year-old Kevin Weeks of McMinnville was among 40 people at a daylong State Forests Advisory Committee meeting March 15 in Forest Grove. It featured a catered breakfast and lunch.

Last weekend, 15 attendees developed severe gastrointestinal symptoms typical of a norovirus infection. No one sought medical treatment. Colleagues say Weeks stayed home sick Monday. He was dead by late Tuesday morning.

Dr. Paul Lewis is deputy health officer for Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties. He says a state medical examiner told health officials Thursday that norovirus was not the cause of Weeks' death.

The Oregonian reports the cause of death is undetermined.

The newspaper says health officials suspect that fruit salad carrying norovirus caused the illnesses. It's not clear how the salad at that meeting could have been contaminated.