Noroviruses in NRW?

50 children fell ill in holiday camps

In Sundern in the Sauerland region, around 50 out of 80 children suffer from diarrhea and vomiting in a holiday camp. The cause is not yet known; a suspicion of a norovirus has not yet been confirmed.

Tests for noroviruses negative Around 50 out of 80 children suffer from diarrhea and vomiting in a holiday camp in Sundern in the Sauerland region. The cause of the mass disease has so far remained unknown. The first rapid tests for a disease caused by noroviruses were negative, according to Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR). The first official laboratory results are expected early next week. Other causes are now being sought. Just last week, the illness of around 40 children due to a norovirus made the headlines in Schwäbisch Hall. Noroviruses are common worldwide and easily transferable. Typical symptoms include nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and fatigue.

Holiday camp terminated prematurely In Sundern, many of the boys and girls between the ages of seven and eleven had been infected since Saturday night. There were massive health problems such as circulatory problems. About 25 of those affected could take a bus home. The holiday camp was terminated prematurely and with the help of 200 rescue workers and 60 emergency vehicles, the sick were brought to hospitals and cared for. In order to clarify the cause of the disease, the health department and food monitoring of the district were involved, the media reports.

Hall not usable for the time being The children from the Tecklenburger Land had vacationed in a shooting club with a group of Christian workers' youth from Recke in the Steinfurt district. Saturday should have gone home after a week's stay and another group was announced for a visit. The rifle arena was initially not usable, as it was said by the Hochsauerland district in Meschede. Due to the hygienic situation, a decontamination area was set up on site. It was pointed out that none of the infected persons had been in mortal danger. (ad)

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