European Christmas markets vs. norovirus

Written by, Ilaria Brophy, CNN

Europe’s Christmas markets are gearing up for the busy season. With the continent’s favourite pre-holidays pastime hit by several outbreaks of norovirus in recent weeks, public health officials and the German government have expressed concern.

Tens of thousands of people have fallen ill after visiting some of the country’s biggest Christmas markets , health authorities in Munich said this week.

The German Health Ministry said it would be setting up “warmrooms” — a sort of vaccination tent — in some city squares to ease the spread of the virus.

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The cause of the outbreak remains unclear. The European Food Safety Authority said it was investigating.

But in the past few weeks, more than 400 people in Germany, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands have reported symptoms consistent with norovirus at “civic centers, shops, doctors’ surgeries, schools and kindergartens,” according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

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