Vomiting bug strikes athletes at IAAF in London

Dhaka,  Wed,  20 September 2017
Published : 08 Aug 2017, 19:01:41

Vomiting bug strikes athletes at IAAF in London

Athletes staying at one of the team hotels for the IAAF World Championships in London have been affected by an outbreak of gastroenteritis, officials have confirmed.

Approximately 30 people have fallen ill, with laboratory tests confirming two of those cases as the norovirus -- an unpleasant but rarely serious stomach bug which causes gastroenteritis (diarrhoea and vomiting).

One of the stars affected is Botswana's Isaac Makwala, who had to withdraw from the 200m heats Monday after a reported bout of food poisoning.

Makwala, 30, is one of the favourites for gold in Tuesday's men's 400m final, a hotly-anticipated event also featuring Olympic champion and world record holder Wayde van Niekerk.

In a statement on his Facebook page, Makwala said: "According to IAAF medics I am apparently suffering from food poisoning which has affected several other athletes in the athletes' hotel. Let's hope they will allow me to run my final tomorrow (Tuesday)."

Ireland's Thomas Barr withdrew from the 400m semifinals, while German and Canadian athletes also staying at The Tower Hotel near Tower Bridge have reportedly been affected too.

In a statement to CNN, Dr Deborah Turbitt, Public Health England (PHE) London deputy director for health protection, said: "We have so far been made aware of approximately 30 people reporting illness and two of these cases have been confirmed as norovirus by laboratory testing.

"PHE has been working closely with British Athletics and the hotel to provide infection control advice to limit the spread of illness."

Public Health England said most peopled made a full recovery from the illness -- often caught through close contact with someone carrying the virus or by touching contaminated surfaces -- within one or two days without treatment.

Source: CNN

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