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Tourists at Wuling Farm afflicted by possible norovirus

2015/02/23 13:49:40

Taipei, Feb. 23 (CNA) About 120 tourists in a central Taiwan tourist spot known for its cherry blossoms reported a diarrhea and vomiting outbreak Monday, which health officials said could be a result of norovirus infection.

Both tourists and staff of the Hoya Resort Hotel Wuling in the Wuling Farm reported norovirus symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting and fever, according to the Taichung City Health Bureau.

The hotel has been ordered to stop providing food to guests, the bureau said, adding that it has taken samples to test for the virus.

The hotel said that five of its workers had taken sick leave prior to the outbreak.

Norovirus is a highly contagious viral illness that is often misdiagnosed as viral gastroenteritis, stomach flu or food poisoning.

The virus is commonly transmitted through fecal contamination in food or water, person-to-person contact and aerosolization and subsequent contamination of surfaces.

The symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps. Sometimes people develop a slight fever, chills, headache, muscle pains and a general sense of tiredness.

The illness often begins suddenly and the infected person may feel very sick.

In most cases, the symptoms last one to two days.

(By Hau Hsueh-ching and Lee Hsin-Yin)