Comm Games village infection 'under control'

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 06:54 18/07/2014

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Infection control measures have been put in place as more people succomb to the norovirus hitting the Commonwealth Games athletes' village.

The Guardian has reported a further 20 workers applying finishing touches to the facility have been struck down by the stomach bug, bringing the total to 32 over the last two days.

They were said to have had "mild cases" of diarrhoea and vomiting, but officials were taking no risks.

Health officials said no athletes or team officials staying on the site in the east end of Glasgow had been affected.

But infection control measures have been put in place and Health Protection Scotland was working with local health officials and Games organisers to try to contain the problem.

An advisory has been sent to residents asking them to remain in their rooms if they develop symptoms of the bug.

In an interview with the Guardian, Dr Catriona Milosevic, a consultant in public health medicine for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said the situaton was under control.

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

"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. We are continuing to monitor the situation closely."

The village, which features 700 houses and will host 6800 athletes and support staff was reported to be operating as normal as competitors continue to flow in ahead of next Thursday's Games opening.

The Dalmarnock village was full of facilities including its own pub, post office, beauty salon, hospital and shops. The dining hall has 2000 different items on offer and faced the prospect of dishing up 390,000 meals during the competition.

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