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Vomiting Virus Outbreak, Virus Strikes 8,400 Kids In Germany

October 1, 2012 by  

Vomiting Virus Outbreak, Virus Strikes 8,400 Kids In Germany, More than 6,500 German children and teenagers have fallen ill with diarrhea and vomiting that health authorities say was likely caused by a food-borne virus in meals delivered to schools and daycare centers. Those affected had not suffered any complications. “This suggests that it is an outbreak caused by food.”

Officials in Berlin and surrounding eastern German states reported the new gastroenteritis cases today, while laboratory investigations to determine the exact cause of the outbreak were still under way.

Authorities are conducting investigations to determine the exact cause of the outbreak. All affected facilities received food from a common supplier, indicating it was a food-borne illness such as norovirus, which is a common cause of food poisoning. Some children have been receiving hospital treatment. All schools affected had received food from a common supplier, indicating that it was a food-borne illness such as norovirus, said the Institute in a statement late Thursday. Sodexo, the food supplier, denied that their relevance with the outbreak.

The institute said in a statement late Thursday that laboratory investigations are under way to determine the exact cause of the outbreak. It says all facilities where the illness occurred likely received food from a single supplier, indicating it was a food-borne illness such as norovirus.

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