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Mohonk Mountain House Resort in NY Closed by Stomach Bug

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By Alexandra Ward   |   Monday, 10 Feb 2014 09:01 AM

Mohonk Mountain House, a popular resort hotel in upstate New York, was forced to close down over the weekend after several hundred guests and employees fell ill with an "aggressive stomach virus."

Located about 90 miles north of New York City in New Paltz, N.Y., the Catskills resort announced it would close Friday and reopen Feb. 14, according to the Middletown Times Herald-Record.

"Over the course of the last few days, it has become increasingly clear to us that the virus that has caused illness among staff and guests is very persistent," Mohonk Mountain House president Bert Smiley said in a letter to guests. "Working with the Ulster County and New York State Departments of Health, we have already implemented many recommended measures to address this issue and have determined that further action needs to be taken."

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"After careful consideration of our options, we have decided that the best course of action is to close for a week and hire a contractor that specializes in this type of work to sanitize the property."

Guests first reported getting sick last week when Mohonk played host to the New York State Association of Independent Schools Education & Information Technology's Open Space Sessions. As the attendees starting dropping like flies, they took to Twitter with the hashtag #MoChunk to chronicle their experience.

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