Glasgow 2014 Athletes' Village Sees 12 Struck By Stomach Bug Feared To Be Norovirus
At least 12 people "have been struck down by a suspected vomiting bug at the Glasgow 2014 athletes' village just as star performers begin to arrive," according to Victoria Brenan of the HERALD SCOTLAND. The workers have "reportedly gone down with sickness and diarrhoea at the multi million pound venue in the past few days." The bug, which health officials "fear may be the highly infectious norovirus, is so far believed to be limited" to '14 employees. There have been "no reports of athletes being affected." NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde consultant Dr. Gillian Penrice said, "Norovirus is the most common stomach bug in the U.K. and it is common to see the virus in the community. It's usually mild and generally lasts for 24 hours." The first of 45,000 athletes have "moved into accommodation at the 700 home site at Dalmarnock with the rest due to arrive in the next few days" (HERALD SCOTLAND, 7/16). The London GUARDIAN reported Glasgow 2014 organizers admitted they were aware of a "small number" of cases "among the workforce at the site in the Dalmarnock district" and were investigating. With competitors "due to start arriving this week, an advisory message has already been sent out which states there is a possibility the virus could be 'highly contagious'" (GUARDIAN, 7/16).