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Mystery illness at Cornish holiday park confirmed

Mystery illness at Cornish holiday park confirmed

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 1:20pm 25th October 2019. (Updated at 8:41am 26th October 2019)

A mystery illness that left 30 children sick at a Cornish holiday park has been confirmed as norovirus.

An investigation is underway at Mullion, on the Lizard Peninsula.

Bosses say they immediately contacted Public Health England after the reports of diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea and abdominal cramps.

The park says it was "very concerned".

Now Public Health England has confirmed that it is the vomiting bug norovirus.

PHE is continuing to work with Cornwall Council and other partners to investigate a number of reported cases of diarrhoea and vomiting, in around 90 visitors at Mullion Holiday Park.

Mullion Holiday Park
Mullion Holiday Park

"We can confirm that norovirus has been confirmed in two of the cases. 

"The virus usually leads to mild diarrhoea, vomiting and abdominal or stomach cramps that people recover from quickly. 

"There is no specific treatment but, if affected, it is important to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

"Norovirus is easily transmitted from one person to another and the virus can survive for some time in the environment.

"Practising good hand hygiene - washing your hands frequently with soap and water is the best way to stop it spreading. Alcohol hand gels don't kill norovirus."

Dr Bayad Nozad, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control at Public Health England South West

The advice for anyone affected is to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and stay away from work, school and nursery until you have been symptom free for 48 hours. 

If symptoms continue, please contact your GP or NHS 111.

The main symptoms of norovirus are:

  • feeling sick (nausea)
  • diarrhoea
  • being sick (vomiting)

You may also have:

  • a high temperature of 38C or above
  • a headache
  • aching arms and legs

The symptoms start suddenly within 1 to 2 days of being infected.

How norovirus is spread

You can catch norovirus from:

  • close contact with someone with norovirus
  • touching surfaces or objects that have the virus on them, then touching your mouth
  • eating food that's been prepared or handled by someone with norovirus

Washing your hands frequently with soap and water is the best way to stop it spreading. Alcohol hand gels don't kill norovirus.

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