Belgium – Norovirus outbreak reported at Belgian school; raw vegetables blamed

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Food Borne Illness - Norovirus -CDC Photo

More than 150 students and staff at a school in Belgium fell ill during an outbreak of norovirus earlier this month, according to information recently released.

The Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC) reported the food poisoning at the Atheneum Pegasus school in the city of Ostend was caused by crudités, which are mixed raw vegetables.

The FASFC, known in French as AFSCA and Dutch as FAVV, was informed in early December about the incident and started investigating with Zorg en Gezondheid (The Agency for Care and Health), and Sciensano, the national reference laboratory, to determine the source of contamination.

A total of 71 students and some staff were absent on one day and complained of vomiting, abdominal pain and fever.

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