Two flu cases confirmed at coroner's conference

Health officials are investigating reports of illnesses at the Truman Hotel.

Health officials confirmed that two coroner's conference attendees have Influenza A.

A number of people became ill last Wednesday while attending the Missouri Coroner's and Medical Examiner's Association conference at the Truman Hotel. Estimates of those affected range from 20 to 60 people.

The Cole County Health Department and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services worked together to interview most of the conference's attendees over the weekend. They are still working to speak with everyone who was at the Truman Hotel and Conference Center.

Cole County Health Department Director Dr. Marie Peoples said investigators did not find any food issues or mold at the hotel, which is working with the investigation.

The hotel spent Friday welcoming hundreds of new guests for the bi-annual Elks Lodge state convention. The hotel manager said she would not allow an entire convention to stay if there were something wrong with the hotel.