​Vomiting Virus Outbreak Spreads At Children’s School In Germany​​

By: | 10/29/2012 07:53 AM ET

Children in Germany have fallen ill with vomiting caused by a virus outbreak after eating food from school cafeterias.

Vomiting Virus Outbreak

A number of the children sick with the vomiting virus has climbed from 4,500 to 8,400, according to German health authorities, but health officials believe they now have it contained.

The virus, which causes vomiting and diarrhea, has spread from Berlin to surrounding eastern German states on Saturday as laboratory investigations to determine the exact cause of the outbreak were still under way.

Berlin’s health department says the sicknesses are moderate and most children recover within two days without requiring to be hospitalized.

In Saxony state, the outbreak caused at least 16 cases of norovirus, a mostly food- or water-borne illness, were proven, according to German news agency dapd.

The government-affiliated Robert Koch Institute said Friday that all facilities where the illness occurred likely received food from a single supplier.

In a majority of cases the sicknesses are not too severe and most have not needed to be hospitalized. Berlin’s health department has reported that most are recovering at home resting after about two days.

Tauranga Hospital staff in New Zealand are monitoring four wards and warning residents not to make unnecessary visits to the facility after 22 patients contracted the virus.

A statement released by the Bay of Plenty District Health Board this afternoon says 22 patients are being treated for Norovirus.

Hospital staff are taking all possible measures against the outbreak in an effort to contain the virus and are closely monitoring four wards - Health in Ageing, 2A, 2B and 2C.

The health board advises those who have experienced vomiting or diarrhoea in the past 48 hours not to visit patients at the hospital.

The virus should go away after one or two days without treatment, but those experiencing symptoms for longer are being asked to call a local Healthline.

Good hand hygiene helps prevent the spread of the virus.

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