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Mild Illness at Commonwealth Games Village

July 18, 2014 4:49 PM

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An additional 18 security workforce have reported unable to work today due to gastrointestinal symptoms.

All 18 have been told to remain at home until they have been clear of symptoms for 48 hours.

Two cases reported in yesterday’s total of 32 have now been discounted bringing the total number of reported cases to 48.

The Public Health Protection Unit of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Health Protection Scotland and environmental health officers of Glasgow City Council are working together with Games organisers and contractors to investigate, monitor and contain this incident and good levels of communication are being delivered to village residents and workforce. Every precaution is being taken and everyone is being very vigilant.

Dr Gillian Penrice, Consultant in Public Health Medicine for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “It is important to remember that norovirus is extremely common and the numbers are consistent with what is happening in the wider community.

“It is the most common stomach bug in the UK and is usually mild and generally lasts for 24 hours.

“The symptoms being experienced by these individuals are mild and none are giving any cause for concern as a result of the virus.

“Village residents and workforce have been informed and issued with health information. There have been no reports from athletes or team officials and the Village is open and operating as normal.”

A range of measures have been put in place including the closure of a temporary toilet facility used by a small number of workforce, increased environmental cleaning, reinforced hand hygiene messaging and an instruction to the workforce not to report for duty if showing symptoms.

We continue to monitor the situation closely.


For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected] .

Notes to Editors
What is Norovirus?
Norovirus is the most common stomach bug in the UK. It is present all year round in the community and can affect people of all ages causing vomiting and/or diarrhoea.

There's no specific cure for norovirus – it has to run its course. It's usually mild and generally lasts for 24 hours.

Although having norovirus can be unpleasant, it's not usually dangerous and most people make a full recovery within a couple of days without having to see their GP.

Are there likely to be more cases?
Although all necessary steps are being taken to minimise risk, we cannot say that there will not be additional cases of norovirus among members of the workforce at the Commonwealth Games Village in individuals who may have been exposed to norovirus before infection control measures were introduced.

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