Possible norovirus strikes 125 sickened with gastroenteritis at French resort

Outbreak News reports at least 125 people, including 52 children have been stricken with what is possibly norovirus gastroenteritis at a holiday resort in the Haute-Savoie region in the Alps.

The Prefecture said in a statement, “11 children have been hospitalized, but their condition is not a cause for concern. In addition, it was noted that symptoms were mainly gastrointestinal: abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea and diarrhea.

The holiday resort was not closed where 110 young children are staying for one month. The virus spread rapidly person-to-person indoors as they were confined inside due to inclement weather.

The origin of the outbreak is being investigated where the Prefecture says initially it appears to be person-to-person spread and not food contamination.