Samples have been for lab testing to see if the potentially deadly norovirus is present at Scarborough’s historic Grand Hotel.
But staff have dismissed reports that the vomiting bug has broken out - claiming bouts of illness at the hotel is merely the “common cold”.
The hotel has denied the virus is currently present, although an email from management leaked to regional media claims there’s been a “viral outbreak” at the hotel.
The email stated: “Unfortunately due to the common nature of the bug, and the way it is transmitted (person to person) a small percentage of our customers have become unwell, despite us having clear signage around the hotel and hand gel pumps located in numerous spots.”
Public Health England was first contacted last month about an outbreak of the virus, which if present, would be the sixth bout in two decades.
In 2011, 70 guests were struck down by the illness, which has proved fatal to frail and elderly people.
Dr Nicholas Aigbogun of Public Health England, said: “We have been working with Scarborough Borough Council to advise the hotel on appropriate infection control measures and environmental cleaning to prevent the outbreak spreading further and there are indications that the outbreak is now contained.