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Olympic officials vigilant against outbreaks

February 09, 2012
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LONDON — In order to protect against any outbreaks of infectious disease epidemics at the summer Olympics, the U.K. Health Protection Agency (HPA) has launched a massive international public health campaign, according to the European Cleaning Journal.

The HPA has begun testing a rapid alert system in order to identify reporting unusual symptoms to accident and emergency (A&E) departments, drop-in clinics, GP surgeries or National Health Service (NHS), the article stated.

According to the article, food venues throughout East London should expect spot checks on food hygiene and water quality, while Olympic arenas are being monitored to ensure there is no danger of Legionnaires'' disease.

The Games'' swimming pools will be tested regularly for contamination by harmful organisms, and stretches of open water used for long-distance swimming, rowing, triathlon and sailing events will be sampled to ensure they are free of algae, the article noted.

"The NHS has robust plans in place to prepare for any additional demands created by the 2012 Games. NHS organizations are working hard to ensure that the healthcare needs of local people are not compromised and that we also have high-quality health services available to visitors," said the Health Department.

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