Authorities investigate source of norovirus epidemic in Turkey’s Sakarya
SAKARYA - Demirören News Agency
Some 4,600 people rushed to hospitals in the district within six days with complaints of vomiting, diarrhea and fever.
The authorities suspect that the source of the virus could be drinking water. They are now inspecting the water supply network.
They are also inspecting buildings in the area to see whether the residents illegally use SASKİ’s network. They have found a total of 827 illegal water pipe connections and issued fines.
Meanwhile, some people, who had swum in the sea in Karasu, also showed symptoms of norovirus infection and were admitted to hospitals in the district.
“Samples were collected from the sea by the Coast Guard and the provincial directorate of health to conduct tests. The Coast Guard asked the people to walk out of the sea,” İspiroğlu said.
Authorities imposed a temporary ban on swimming as a precaution.
“We will continue to take measures and the ban will not be lifted until we see the test results,” İspiroğlu said.