An outbreak of gastroenteritis in Alcoy

An outbreak of gastroenteritis has affected 54 people in Calle Oliver’s senior centre in Alcoy. The Ministry of Health yesterday confirmed the existence of a virus “very contagious”, but said it is not serious and that no case has required hospitalization.

The Ministry of Health explained that “the mechanism of transmission is from person to person or through fomites.” Since “norovirus is very contagious”, although the regional administration insisted that it is not serious, “hygienic measures have been taken at the centre”.

The protocol established in the nursing home is to separate the sick from the healthy, avoiding close cohabitation until at least two days after the end of the symptoms. Likewise, “any worker who presents symptoms must be excluded from contact with susceptible people until 48 hours after the end.”

The areas in which they are affected should also have a common toilet, which “will be used only for the cases and will be cleaned frequently and meticulously”.

From Health, they also insisted that “we have not proceeded with the closure of the establishment because it is not necessary” and confirmed that no case has required hospitalization. The virus, whose symptoms usually last 48 hours, is not serious, despite being “very contagious”.

Norovirus is highly contagious and can affect anyone at any age. It’s spread through contaminated food, water, and surfaces, or by people who have the virus. Norovirus is common in crowded spaces.

 

Symptoms include:

 

nausea

diarrhoea

fever

body aches

According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most people with norovirus feel better within one to three days of experiencing symptoms.

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