IAAF World Athletics Championships 2017: Norovirus outbreak worsens with 3 confirmed and 40 suspected cases

London: Three people associated with the IAAF World Championships have contracted the norovirus with another 40 reporting symptoms, Public Health England (PHE) announced on Thursday.

Isaac Makwala, one of those who was diagnosed with the illness on Monday, ran later on Thursday in the 200 metres final having been allowed to run a solo time-trial on Wednesday.

He had been barred from the heats after being placed under quarantine for 48 hours as is required under British health regulations.

Botswana's Isaac Makwala runs a men's 200-meter individual time trial during the World Athletics Championships in London Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. Makwala ran to qualify for the 200m semi-finals after he missed the 200m heats and the 400m final as he was barred from competing for 48 hours while organizers tried to halt a norovirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

saac Makwala ran an individual time trial to qualify for the 200m semi-finals after he was barred from competing for 48 hours while organizers tried to halt a norovirus outbreak. AP

The Botswana runner also missed the 400m final due to being in quarantine.

"PHE has been notified of a confirmed outbreak of norovirus among people associated with the World Athletics Championships," said PHE London deputy director for health protection Dr Deborah Turbitt.

"We have so far been made aware of approximately 40 people reporting illness and three of these cases have been confirmed as norovirus by laboratory testing.

"PHE has been working closely with the London 2017 organisers and venues to provide infection control advice to limit the spread of illness."

London 2017, the championship organisers, announced on Monday several competitors — staying at the same official team hotel — had suffered gastroenteritis.

A spokesperson for the Tower Hotel on Tuesday insisted it was "not the source of the illness".

Norovirus is often caught through close contact with someone carrying the virus or by touching contaminated surfaces or objects.

Norovirus, which brings on diarrhoea and vomiting, is rarely serious, with most people making a full recovery within one or two days, without treatment


Published Date: Aug 11, 2017 08:29 am | Updated Date: Aug 11, 2017 08:30 am