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Norovirus suspected in Minn. banquet sicknesses

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BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (AP) -- The Minnesota Health Department is investigating a foodborne illness that sickened dozens of people who ate at a banquet for a Minnesota high school football team.

At least 75 people got sick after eating at a banquet for Totino Grace football players Sunday in Brooklyn Park.

The banquet was attended by 273 people at the Edinburgh USA Golf Course clubhouse restaurant.

Totino Grace football coach Jeff Ferguson tells the Star Tribune at least 41 adults and 34 students fell ill.

A state Health Department spokesman says health officials suspect the illnesses were caused by norovirus because of the victims' symptoms, which included vomiting and diarrhea.

The gastrointestinal illness usually lasts a few days. No hospitalizations were reported.

The restaurant's food service is cooperating with city and state health officials.

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