Norovirus: 15 students hospitalized



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Norovirus in youth hostel: 15 students hospitalized

The reports of hospital admissions for diarrhea do not stop. In addition to the numerous hospital deliveries in the course of the current EHEC infection wave, 15 guests of a youth hostel in Oerlinghausen (district of Lippe) had to be treated clinically on Wednesday evening due to severe vomiting diarrhea - the reason: a norovirus infection.

The norovirus repeatedly causes sudden outbreaks of disease and is characterized by acute severe vomiting diarrhea. Especially people in community facilities such as schools, kindergartens or retirement homes are affected relatively often because the virus is particularly easy for many people to spread in a confined space. In the youth hostel Oerlinghausen, 15 students were admitted to hospital on Wednesday evening.

Large-scale deployment due to norovirus infections in the youth hostel After a fifth grader collapsed in the youth hostel in Oerlinghausen, a large alarm was triggered for the emergency services and a crisis team was set up at the district, a spokeswoman for the Lippe district said on Thursday. However, it was able to provide some relief at the same time, since it is proven to be a norovirus infection and EHEC can therefore be excluded as the cause. The first symptoms of the infection had already appeared on Tuesday evening with the fifth graders, said the spokeswoman for the district. On Wednesday evening, the spread of the infection resulted in the deployment of around 220 rescue workers. 15 schoolchildren had to be hospitalized, and 31 others and six teachers had reason to suspect norovirus infection. Those affected were isolated to avoid further spread of the infections.

Norovirus extremely contagious The risk of spreading the norovirus is particularly high, since it can be transmitted from person to person via so-called droplet infection or smear infection. The risk of infection is extremely high even in contact with very small amounts of the pathogen. The main symptoms of a norovirus infection are vomiting and severe, watery diarrhea (gastroenteritis). Vomiting diarrhea usually results in significant fluid loss (dehydration) and fluctuations in the electrolyte balance, which can be particularly dangerous for older patients and children. Therefore, a doctor should be consulted urgently at the first signs of norovirus infection. In order to compensate for the loss of fluid, the latter can administer infusions with the addition of electrolytes and thus stabilize the fluid balance again. (fp)

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