Commonwealth Games village struck by a virus

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 09:10 17/07/2014

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No Kiwi athletes or officials have been affected by a diarrhoea and vomiting virus that has hit the Athletes' Village a week out from the start of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

An advisory message has been sent to teams warning them of a possibility that the virus could be ''highly contagious''.

The problem involved a ''small number'' of cases among the workforce at the site in the Dalmarnock district, Games organisers confirmed to British newspaper The Guardian.

''Any village resident with any signs or symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting should stay in their rooms and contact the polyclinic for assistance by telephone or through their team management,'' they said.

New Zealand's health team leader, Dr Bruce Hamilton, said in a statement to Stuff that the Kiwi team had received a health notice about the virus, but no New Zealanders had been struck down.

''The statement in the story is accurate - in that a small number of workers have reported some gastro issues. These workers are not living in the village,'' he said.

''No New Zealanders have been affected.''

The team's health protocols included a briefing on personal hygiene, provision of hand sanitisers for all team members and early notification of any symptoms to our health team which included four doctors, he said.

''Our protocol, in case of any infectious outbreak, is to isolate any individual showing symptoms to mitigate any further spread.''

New Zealand currently has 93 people in the Games' village.

The opening ceremony was next Thursday (NZT).

Meanwhile, two wrestlers from Cameroon's team have gone missing from a pre-games training camp in Aberdeen.

The men, aged 26 and 31, were part of Cameroon's team of 47 athletes, which arrived in Aberdeen last week.

Police were trying to trace the pair, who were reported missing yesterday. They were last seen at the team's halls of residence in the city on Monday.

BBC ON STRIKE

British broadcaster BBC staff have voted to strike on the opening day of the games, raising the possibility of disrupted coverage.

Negotiations in a pay dispute have dissolved, and BBC journalists were set to strike for 12 hours on the day of the opening ceremony, followed by work-to-rule measures the next day.

The move has upset Scottish government officials, who suspect that the strike has been timed to coincide with the Games.

The BBC's coverage of the opening ceremony would be televised worldwide.

A spokesman for the BBC told the Scottish Herald newspaper the corporation was trying to resolve the matter.

''We will do all we can to bring our audience uninterrupted coverage of the Commonwealth Games. In the meantime, we will continue to speak to the unions in an attempt to resolve this dispute.''

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