A Santa Monica youth football team returned home Sunday
after becoming violently ill in what might be an outbreak of the norovirus at a
youth football championships over the weekend in Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
Norovirus is one of the more potent forms of what most people erroneously refer to as the stomach flu and can be deadly in children and older adults with weaken immune system, according to the Review-Journal.
More than half of the players from the Santa Monica Vikings
Mitey Mites and Junior Pee Wees were afflicted with the illness and some had to be hospitalized, according to
NBC Los Angeles.
The teams were competing in the National Youth Football Championships and staying at the Rio, where close 80 people were afflicted with the illness, the Huffington Post reports.
Las Vegas health officials won't be able to confirm norovirus until test results come back, which may take up to a week according to NBC.
The illness was not the only thing the Mitey Mites and Junior Pee Wees picked up in Vegas; the teams placed second and first, respectively, in the championships.