Among those affected are 25 hospitalized for severe dehydration, including a pregnant woman. There are also sufferers of all ages, such as a one-year-old baby and up to an adult older than 91. According to the health authority, the number of patients should not increase substantially due to the number of days that have passed since the closure of the premises, on Jan. 3. 2018. Now it is expected that laboratories in Santiago will determine the serotype of the strain, which may allow them to fully define whether the raw egg was responsible for this outbreak.
The city of Ovalle in Chile’s Coquimbo region suffered a massive outbreak of norovirus in the first week of September, infecting 3,000-plus residents, due to insufficient chlorine levels in the potable water supplied by water utility Aguas del Valle, according to a release by the regional health authority Seremi.
“What happened is that 24, 36 and 48 hours before the outbreak on September 3 there was a drop in chlorine levels and the water was contaminated by norovirus from the Limarí river… which is why we are carrying out a report into the role of the sanitation company,” said Seremi head Osvaldo Iribarren.
The authority said that the result of the report will be passed to the public prosecutors office in compliance with article 315 of the penal code.
Aguas del Valle, for its part, said the health authority’s chlorine measurements are “not trustworthy” as its methods “did not comply with industry protocol” and the tools used were “totally obsolete.”
The water utility maintains that chlorine in the water supply and at its plant has been above stipulated levels, and that there is no evidence implicating the firm in the norovirus outbreak.
Chilean officials are ordering a recall of a brie cheese suspected of causing a listeriosis bacteria outbreak that has killed four people. The health ministry says investigators are trying to determine if Brie Lescure cheese made by the Chilean-French Chevrita company is responsible for an outbreak of the disease that also has sickened about 90 people.
Chevrita manager Denis Lebret said Tuesday the company is conducting its own investigation and he says the recall is "just a precaution."
He said the brie "is made with pasteurized milk and the bacteria does not resist pasteurization."