Norovirus infection? Around 40 children in the hospital

Suspected norovirus infection: 39 children were hospitalized from a holiday camp.

(07/17/2010) In Straußberg near Sondershausen, 39 children were brought from a holiday camp to the local hospital. There is an urgent suspicion that the children have contracted the dangerous Noro virus. The children complained of severe diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.

Almost 40 children were taken from a summer camp to the city hospital. There is an urgent suspicion that the children were infected with the norovirus. The official doctor confirmed to the radio station "MDR 1" Sabine Hausweiler, the virus was detected in at least one child. It is still unknown how the infection came about. Results should only be available on Monday. The investigations are still ongoing. However, it was ruled out that the infection was caused by contaminated drinking water or the water from the holiday camp outdoor pool, according to the operator of the holiday resort for children. In the meantime, the holiday camp was closed for a time as a precaution, on the instructions of the medical officers. Even the not sick, around 350 children, would have to leave the holiday camp and be picked up by their parents. The Union

According to the doctors, the children are on the mend again. According to the clinic, none of the young patients were in mortal danger. Some children would have been given an infusion. How long inpatient treatment will last has not yet been clarified.

Noroviruses cause symptoms such as vomiting and severe diarrhea (gastroenteritis). A Norovirus infection leads to a significant loss of fluid (dehydration) and fluctuations in the electrolyte balance. The disease is particularly dangerous for older patients and children, since a lot of fluid is withdrawn from the body due to the persistent severe diarrhea. It is therefore important to balance the body's fluid balance with infusions and the addition of electrolytes. It is therefore important to take severe diarrhea seriously and to see a doctor. According to the WHO, around 300 million people worldwide develop this form of gastrointestinal infection. In most cases, the disease subsides after 2 to 3 days. (sb)

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