We’re hearing that a number of participants are having symptoms of gastroenteritis starting just after this year’s conference. If that includes you, we’re so sorry you’re not feeling well!
The cause of gastroenteritis can be bacterial (e.g. from eating contaminated food) or viral (e.g. from being in close proximity to someone with norovirus). We don’t know which was the cause in the case of Open Source Bridge. If you are concerned that you are sick because of something you ate at the conference, please make a report to the Multnomah County Health Department here.
We probably will not be able to determine the cause of this particularly bad round of “conference crud,” but that doesn’t mean that we won’t take steps to prevent it from happening again. Next year we’ll increase training for all volunteers handling food and will increase awareness and access to hand washing and sanitizing.