Hotel del Coronado visitors report foodborne illness

Posted at 12:15 PM, Sep 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-27 15:20:43-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A group of people in the health care industry are suing the world famous Hotel del Coronado.

A lawsuit filed last week claims nearly 90 people got sick after attending a dining event at the hotel.

According to the suit, several of the attendees were confirmed to have been infected with norovirus.

The suit claims “an investigation by the California Department of Public Health confirmed that the source of the norovirus outbreak was a dessert table containing food items that were prepared, served, and monitored by defendants in accordance with the contract between Defendants and Healthgrades.”

The dining event was part of a three-day symposium sponsored by Healthgrades, an online site for information about physicians and hospitals.

An attorney representing the alleged victims tells Team 10, guests came from long distances to be part of the three-day conference.

According to the lawsuit, “testing by the California Department of Public Health returned statistically significant results indicated that the source of the illness was the truffle cores, truffle toppings and chocolate for dipping provided at the truffle stand during the April 18th event.”

The attorney representing the alleged victims says the hotel took the position that they were not responsible.

A spokesperson for the hotel tells Team 10 they can’t comment on a lawsuit they haven’t been served with.

Team 10 contacted the hotel's previous management company KSL, also named in the lawsuit, but did not hear back.

The hotel switched management companies earlier this year. The new company also did not respond to our request for a comment.