Norovirus Outbreak Affects 30 Persons at Official Team Hotel

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   VOMITING A bug has forced dozens of athletes to pull out of the World Athletics Championship

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And World Championship organisers have been forced to call in Public Health England to help them control the outbreak which has hit several athletes and officials.

Ireland's 400m hurdler Thomas Barr was also forced out of his semi-finals on Monday.

Athletics Ireland said the country's remaining competitors in London had yet to arrive in the British capital.

Botswana's Isaac Makwala is the latest competitor to pull out after the sickness spread through the official competitors' hotel.

Siofra Cleirigh-Buttner, who runs in the 800m on Thursday, as well as race walkers Rob Heffernan, Alex Wright and Brendan Boyce, all competing on Sunday, will stay in alternative accommodation.

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Organizers ordered a quarantine on one floor of The Tower Hotel, which serves as an official team hotel, after a number of athletes were affected by stomach infections.

Public Health England (PHE) confirmed that 30 athletes and support staff were affected and two cases were confirmed of the bug.

The Canadian and German teams staying at the Tower hotel, near Tower Bridge, were believed to have been affected by the bug.

Dr Deborah Turbitt of Public Health England (PHE) said: "PHE has been notified of a confirmed outbreak of norovirus among people associated with the World Athletics Championships".

Nineteen Russians are competing at the championships as neutrals, as the Russian national athletics federation (RusAF) was suspended by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in November 2015 due to an ongoing doping scandal.

"We continue to liaise with the medical authorities and the IAAF to ensure the comfort of those guests affected and the health and well-being of all our guests remains a priority".

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