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Norovirus bug believed present at the Commonwealth Games

July 17, 2014
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GLASGOW, Scotland – The athletes’ village at the 2014 Commonwealth Games experienced an outbreak of what is believed to be the norovirus bug, the most common stomach bug in the UK, according to the Daily Mail.

While no athletes have reported symptoms, 12 members of the site’s staff were affected on July 15, and an advisory asks anyone in the 700-house village showing signs of the bug to stay in their rooms, the story reported.

"It is common to see the virus in the community. It's usually mild and generally lasts for 24 hours,” Dr. Gillian Penrice, consultant in public health medicine for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, explained in the story.

Officials immediately responded to the outbreak, removing the infected individuals and asking that they return only after 48 hours without symptoms, the story said.

"In any health and safety situation we always take it very, very seriously but it's an isolated incident, the residents at the village have not been affected and have been well briefed, but we'll continue to monitor the situation,” said Glasgow 2014 chief executive, David Grevemberg. "As with any global village of this sort we are reminding people to be diligent in terms of their hygiene and cleanliness."

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