HPA urges vigilance as Norovirus outbreak spreads in Male' City

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has confirmed that the ongoing outbreak of vomiting and diarrhea in Male' City is attributed to the highly contagious norovirus.

The HPA said the virus spreads rapidly, especially in enclosed or crowded places. The HPA has advised the public to frequently wash their hands with soap and water to prevent the spread of the virus. Hand sanitizer alone does not protect against norovirus, the authority said.

In addition, the HPA has asked the public to be careful when cleaning areas contaminated by vomit and diarrhea. The authority advised to clean contaminated surfaces with tissue or paper towels and dispose of them safely. It is advised to apply bleach on the surface for approximately five minutes before cleaning the area further with soap or a washing solution.

In the interest of public health, individuals who experience symptoms of the illness should refrain from food preparation or attending crowded places for a minimum of 24 hours after their symptoms have subsided.

The number of children admitted to IGMH and ADK increased significantly, leading to overflow in emergency rooms. To cope with the situation, hospitals are taking special measures to provide prompt and adequate treatment.