300 campers infected with unknown virus

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133 people had to be hospitalized on Saturday for a viral infection. According to the authorities, around 300 people were infected with the intestinal virus at a diabetes tent camp in Bad Segeberg.

Puzzling virus infections: Diabetic camp in Bad Segeberg ends with mass admission to the hospital. 133 participants of the so-called Camp D had to be hospitalized for a virus infection. According to current information, around 300 people have been infected with the virus. The campers had actually come to Bad Segeberg to find out about diabetes, share their experiences and take part in various workshops. During the "Sunday afternoon, the situation eased increasingly," said a spokesman for the agency.

Numerous participants in the camp for diabetics complained of nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain and stomach cramps, reports the emergency center in Norderstedt on Sunday. 133 campers had to be hospitalized because of these health problems. According to the rescue workers, the cause is probably a virus infection, but it is still completely unclear which viruses could have caused it. According to a spokesman for the rescue control center, the noroviruses that are more often responsible in such cases are not the cause of the complaints among the participants in the camp.

Cause of infection so far unclear for the campers Around 750 people took part in the tent camp, which has been running in Bad Segeberg since Thursday, in order to deal with the disease diabetes here. Until Sunday, the participants wanted to exchange their experiences with diabetes in various workshops. But for 132 campers, the so-called Camp D ends in the hospital on Sunday night. They had apparently contracted a viral infection that caused massive nausea, including vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Initially, the rescue workers suspected infection with the norovirus as a possible cause, but this has not been confirmed, according to the rescue center Norderstedt. The search for the possible trigger therefore continues while those affected are stabilized in the hospital for the time being. "The situation is currently stable," said a spokesman for the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein. Marie-Luise Krompholz, spokeswoman for the co-organizer "Novo Nordisk", confirmed that half of the patients admitted had already left the hospital. During the course of Saturday, fewer young people complained of the complaints. After the sporting event, the number of sick people increased rapidly. Now "there are only isolated cases", it said.

Increased risk of infection in community facilities There is generally an increased risk of infection for a wide variety of pathogens in community facilities, since many people live relatively close together and often share the hygiene facilities as one. This increases the risk of transmitting a wide variety of pathogens, which in the worst case lead to mass infections that are as serious as the camp at Bad Segeberg. The actual cause of infection, i.e. the virus or the bacteria that are responsible for the occurrence of the health problems, can relatively often not be found despite an intensive search. (fp)

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