Three of the five individuals who provided samples have now tested positive for norovirus and on balance of probabilities so far this would signal the virus as the most likely cause of the gastrointestinal upset our players suffered on the 7th May 2006. It is also the case that no food samples taken have shown any traces of possible sources of infection.
Whilst it is impossible to totally prove this conclusion and no source of the infection can be pinpointed, the HPA/Tower Hamlets feel that the evidence is sufficient to conclude their investigation.
Dr Charlotte Cowie, the Club Head of Medical Services added: "Whilst the RNA typing of the virus is as yet unknown, some blood tests are still outstanding, and until we have made further efforts to pinpoint the original source of the norovirus infection, the club will continue its own investigations, not because we doubt the conclusions of the HPA, but because in the context of the significance of the match vs West Ham we can leave no stone unturned in the search for information that can lead to the fullest possible explanation of what happened in the match that day. At the very least it will assist us in reviewing procedures for the future."
The Club should like to thank the HPA/Tower Hamlets and the Marriott Hotel for their help and co-operation in the investigation of this incident.