Service Public Health of the Junta de Andalucía has detected a viral outbreak of a possible norovirus in Mojácar, Almería, with 80 positive cases at the moment, whose first infections have been located in clients of the apartments Best Indalo People of the Best Hotels chain.
Sources from the Territorial Delegation of Health and Families have indicated that this Tuesday a veterinarian and a Public Health epidemiologist went to the scene to investigate the focus and cause, after which they have concluded that “everything points” to a virus gastrointestinal norovirus-like as the source of symptoms. In this sense, Health has stressed that the symptoms presented by those affected are “compatible” with a norovirus, and have added that two epidemiologists from the North Almería Health Management Area carry out a virus scan.
They have specified that this type of virus is frequent in summer in places with a large crowd of people, such as a hotel establishment, and that it is transmitted mainly by infected surfaces. As an example, they have pointed out that contagion can occur by touching a doorknob that has previously been in contact with someone who already has the virus. They add that all surfaces and common areas of these apartments have been disinfected, while stressing that the symptoms are mild, with symptoms that “can be coped with at home”, and that for now no one is hospitalized .
For their part, sources from the Best Hotels chain have indicated that “quickly” as soon as the first cases were detected, the established protocol was activated and the health authorities were contacted to carry out all the necessary tests. In this sense, they have stressed that they have concluded that the cases are not related to “any food issue” of the establishment, something that has also been proven thanks to the traceability that food must have by law.
From the chain they agree in pointing to a viral origin according to the tests carried out by the health authority, as well as that this virus does not only affect the apartments but probably has other outbreaks in the area. From Best Hotels they continue with the protocols and sanitary measures have been “extreme”, in addition to offering a soft diet to affected customers.