Following norovirus outbreak, 66 residents of an Otago township have been reported to be affected. Public health authorities acting to the gravity of the situation have started investigating the source of outbreak.
It has been revealed that the infection was spread by the deadly bug in Cardrona, between mid-August and early September, due to which within the 15-day duration, 66 people in the region were reported to be unwell with the virus.
As per test reports, medical officials have suspected a wastewater system to be behind the outbreak. Medical Officer of Health Derek Bell asserted that the infection has been transmitted by being in close touch with the infected person, although in a few cases it might have been waterborne and also due to contamination of food.
Dr. Bell emphasized that the measures deployed, including the boiling water before using it policy, has put an end to any further cases being reported of the infection. The outbreak has been arrested for the time period.
However, Dr. Bell said, "Public Health South in collaboration with Cardrona community, Queenstown Lakes District Council and Otago Regional Council to further investigate the source and implement longer-term improvements to the wastewater and drinking water schemes".