Virus alert strikes Commonwealth Games village in Glasgow, Scotland

Virus Alert

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).

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