Commonwealth Games 2018: Norovirus threat emerges in Gold Coast training venue ahead of event

Brisbane: A Gold Coast school that will serve as a key residential and training venue for next month’s Commonwealth Games is to undergo sanitisation measures due to a highly contagious virus which causes nausea and vomiting.

Representational Image. Twitter/@GC2018

Representational Image. Twitter/@GC2018

The Southport School has been hit by the norovirus this term and will be cleansed before the athletes arrive for the quadrennial multi-sport event from 4-15 April. The school has been ordered by Queensland Health to close from 26-28 March, the last three days of the term.

An outbreak of norovirus struck down hundreds of security staff and Games personnel at last month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea’s Pyeongchang. The athletic delegations were unaffected apart from two Swiss freestyle skiers.

“While illness numbers are decreasing and are now quite low, Queensland Health continues to be concerned that our Norovirus event is lingering on too long, which is not good for our boys, families and staff,” the Australian Associated Press quoted the school’s principal Greg Wain as saying in a statement.

“They are also concerned that we are a key Commonwealth Games residential and sports training venue which needs to be virus free.”

Updated Date: Mar 05, 2018 18:44 PM

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