Lederer: it was the norovirus at puma
"Stool tests have confirmed the suspicion that noro viruses caused the infection on friday, 10. February, have drawn lots, be confirmed". With these words, peter lederer, the head of the erlangen-hochstadt health department, closes the file on the incident that occurred at the puma fire center (the FT reported). According to the findings of the authorities, no further illnesses have occurred, writes lederer.
On friday, rescue workers were called into action when several guests of the puma company complained of nausea. It was suspected that norovirus had struck 18 participants at an international meeting. One woman was treated in the clinic, but was released the next day.
The suspicion that the highly contagious virus had been to blame for the illnesses has now been confirmed. As well as the conviction that the puma cafeteria had nothing to do with it. "We ate there in the evening and it tasted very good", says lederer.
Who of the conference participants picked up the virus where, can not be traced back. "There is very little chance of escaping the virus", said lederer. The spreads via droplets, as it were floating in the air. Presumably one of the participants picked up the virus somewhere and spread it. The incubation period is usually within a day. Between eight hours and two days are possible.
Lederer has high praise for the puma company. "We got all the information", he said. Puma has been very open about this. And further: "this is the only way to work in a target-oriented manner".