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Suspected norovirus infections in children at a school hostel in Zeven
Because of the suspicion of norovirus infections, 40 children from an school camp near the community of Zeven in the Rotenburg district were taken to the hospital by ambulance on Thursday night. According to reports from the local press, the caregivers alerted the rescue workers late Wednesday because numerous children suffered from severe gastrointestinal complaints. Around 60 helpers were on site until the wee hours of the day, taking care of the affected children.
After a brief assessment of the nine- to 16-year-old children, the operations management decided to take the entire group including caregivers to the nearby Rotenburg hospital, reports "Radio Bremen". According to the fire brigade, four ambulances and ten ambulances were used as a shuttle service. Children had shown typical symptoms of norovirus infection, such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. In the meantime, however, the children are well again, according to the Bremen radio station, citing information from the hospital.
Norovirus infection in community facilities is a serious problem
Norovirus infections are by no means a rare problem in community facilities, since the highly infectious pathogens are not only transmitted from person to person by smear infection, but also survive for some time on the surface of objects and can be passed on in this way. Even the smallest amounts of the pathogens excreted in the stool or vomit may trigger the unpleasant infections. In addition to the above-mentioned complaints, those affected often suffer from a general massive feeling of illness, poor circulation or dizziness, headaches and a slight fever.
Noroviruses are extremely contagious
Initial infections with noroviruses often come from contaminated food. Subsequently, the pathogens can spread extremely quickly, particularly in community facilities such as kindergartens, nursing homes, youth hostels or even school campsites. Compliance with strict toilet and kitchen hygiene is therefore particularly important in the case of a Norovirus infection in a group facility. Contact with the infected should also be minimized as far as possible or, if necessary, they should be isolated under medical observation. For the infected themselves, it is important to drink as much as possible in order to compensate for the loss of fluid and to counteract dehydration. Severe forms require medical care as soon as possible. (fp)
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