Norovirus infection in Neustädter Jugendherberge

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Numerous norovirus infections in Neustadt youth hostel

In addition to the numerous EHEC infections, infections with the norovirus are currently being reported. After 15 guests of a youth hostel in Oerlinghausen had to be hospitalized for a norovirus infection on Wednesday evening, a large alarm was triggered on Thursday evening in a youth hostel in Titisee-Neustadt / Rudenberg due to the drastic spread of norovirus infections.

Numerous pupils had to be admitted to the hospital from the Rudenberg youth hostel because of a norovirus infection. After several schoolchildren suffered from massive vomiting diarrhea (gastroenteritis), a major alarm for the rescue workers was triggered on Thursday evening - not least because of the fear of a possible EHEC infection wave. Because of the considerable loss of fluid and the threat of dehydration, 21 seventh and eighth graders were brought to clinics.

Norovirus infections required numerous hospitalizations. Around 200 schoolchildren and their supervisors were at the youth hostel in Neustadt-Rudenberg at the time of the major deployment. Twenty-one students had diarrhea so severe due to a norovirus infection that hospitalization was necessary to compensate for the massive loss of fluid with an infusion, if necessary. Since massive vomiting and diarrhea also disturb the electrolyte balance, these infusions can be enriched with electrolytes in case of doubt in order to stabilize the condition of those affected.

Norovirus infections are particularly common in community facilities. Especially in community facilities such as residential homes for the elderly, kindergartens, schools or even youth hostels, norovirus infections appear relatively suddenly as a real mass infection. The pathogens are transmitted by the so-called droplet and smear infections, in which the viruses are excreted in the stool or vomit and then absorbed by the people around them. It is also possible to transmit noroviruses by inhaling aerosols that are formed during vomiting. Poor hygiene conditions also promote the spread of noroviruses, since the disease can also be transmitted through contact with contaminated objects, food and beverages. (fp)

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