Norman Lebrecht of Slippedisc reports all 80 members of the European Spirit of Youth Orchestra were rushed to the Santa Chiara Emergency Room in Trento, Italy, suffering from dehydration after an outbreak of vomiting and diarrhea.
About 20 young musicians received prolonged treatment and two were detained in hospital overnight.
The problem was traced to a picturesque fountain in the small town of Belluno, where the orchestra had stopped for a drink of water. Officials say this was due to current repairs to the aqueduct.
The orchestra aims to continue its tour with conductor Igor Coretti-Kuret.
Officials in New London, Connecticut have turned off the water at the city’s new waterfront fountain over the weekend because people have been using it as a toilet.
The fountain was activated last month and features a sculpture of a whale’s tail with water spilling over it, which visitors are encouraged to run through.
City Councilor Michael Buscetto III tells The Day of New London that since the fountain opened, police have responded to calls of people urinating, defecating and showering in the fountain water. He said some people have also used the fountain to rinse off blood after cutting themselves.