50 students infected with norovirus

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50 pupils and some teachers got infected with norovirus during a school trip in Lower Saxony.

(Uelzen / Göttingen) During a school trip, about 50 pupils and teachers were infected with the norovirus. The school trip of the pupils of a comprehensive school from Bovenden near Göttingen took place in the Lüneburg Heath in Lower Saxony. Eleven children were so ill that they had to be hospitalized.

During a school trip in Lower Saxony, around 50 pupils and teachers from Bovenden Comprehensive School got the Norovirus. The head of the Uelzen health department has since confirmed numerous media reports. A total of 135 pupils of the sixth class took part in a class trip to the youth hostel in Uelzen. As the health authorities suspect, one of the children had already brought the dangerous virus with them. Because at first the typical Noro virus symptoms appeared in a child and then "jumped" to a large number of other students. The sick students have since suffered from severe vomiting, sudden diarrhea and nausea. These symptoms indicate that it is a norovirus infection. A concrete proof is still pending and is expected for the coming days.

In the meantime, the school trip was canceled due to illness. Some parents already picked up their children themselves, others were brought back to their hometown by bus. However, healthy and sick children were transported on the same buses, as spokeswoman Susanne Strätz from the Lower Saxony State School Authority announced.

Three of the children treated in hospital have since been discharged from the hospital and are on their way home. According to the health authorities, another eight children are expected to be treated in the clinic until Friday. The affected youth hostel in Uelzen is currently being intensively cleaned and disinfected so that a further risk of infection can be excluded, as it was said. After that, there should be no more concerns about spending the night in the youth hostel.

As a further precaution, the Bovender school center was closed until Friday. This is a pure precautionary measure by the school and not an order from the Göttingen health office, as the headmaster Wilhelm Reinhard Wienecke emphasized.

Noroviruses cause symptoms such as vomiting and severe diarrhea (gastroenteritis). A Norovirus infection leads to a significant loss of fluid (dehydration) and fluctuations in the electrolyte balance. The disease is particularly dangerous for older patients and children, since a lot of fluid is withdrawn from the body due to the persistent severe diarrhea. It is therefore important to balance the body's fluid balance with infusions and the addition of electrolytes. It is therefore important to take severe diarrhea seriously and to see a doctor. According to the WHO, around 300 million people worldwide develop this form of gastrointestinal infection. In most cases, the disease subsides after 2 to 3 days.

The occurrence of norovirus infections is not unusual. It happens again and again that people become infected. The symptoms are usually very pronounced at the beginning, but they subside after 2 to 4 days at the latest. It is important that patients are supplied with sufficient fluids, otherwise an acute lack of fluids can occur. This can lead to life-threatening situations. For this reason, timely medical care is extremely important. (sb, September 30, 2010)

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