More than 800 festival tent visitors were infected with the norovirus at the Stuttgart Spring Festival. There are now reports of a similar incident at the Munich Spring Festival, where numerous visitors also became ill.

In Munich, visitors apparently contracted gastrointestinal illnesses at a folk festival. As “Spiegel” first reported, the authorities have registered a number of complaints in connection with the spring festival on Theresienwiese. The small version of Oktoberfest took place from April 19th to May 5th.

The Munich health department announced on Friday that there were now 37 suspected cases. Noroviruses have now been proven to be the cause in some of the sick.

In connection with the Spring Festival in Stuttgart, more than 800 people became ill in April and made headlines. Those affected had visited the same festival tent and then complained of vomiting, nausea and diarrhea. Noroviruses are also seen as a trigger in Stuttgart.

These viruses spread very quickly in crowds. A spokeswoman for the health department in Munich explained that transmission usually takes place as a smear infection. “This means that a person is infected, touches a door handle, for example, and thus passes on the pathogens.” Frequent hand washing can protect against such infections.

In Munich, the health authority now wants to work with food monitoring to determine the origin of the viruses. In general, however, it was only a “smaller outbreak,” the spokeswoman said.

The authorities have apparently registered several gastrointestinal complaints from visitors to the Munich Spring Festival. According to “Spiegel”, there have been 33 reports so far. They suffer from nausea, diarrhea and vomiting, among other things.

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