Cluster diarrhea infection at Kaohsiung campuses, 150 students sick

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/03/19
By: Cheng Chi-fong and Elizabeth Hsu

Kaohsiung, March 19 (CNA) There have been 14 cases of diarrhea in a cluster infection reported from school campuses in Kaohsiung since mid-February, when schools opened after the winter break, the municipality’s Department of Health said Sunday.

In the cluster outbreaks, some 150 students have become sick, mostly elementary school and kindergarten children, the department said.

After an investigation into the infections, norovirus was found to be the main culprit, the department added.

Norovirus, a highly contagious disease for which there is no treatment, is transmitted mostly through the fecal-oral route. The virus can be spread rapidly among students if some of them have poor hygiene habits, the city department said.    [FULL  STORY]

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