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Gastroenteritis outbreak at World Championships

AFFECTED: Isaac Makwala

ATHLETES AND support staff staying at one of the team hotels for the World Championships in London have gastroenteritis, with over 30 affected, event organisers have confirmed.

Botswana's Isaac Makwala, who is among the favourites for the 400m, withdrew from Monday's (August 7) 200m heats after a reported bout of food poisoning.

Several German and Canadian athletes staying at the Tower Hotel fell ill last week, and a further 30 Germans athletes due to arrive today (August 8) will be moved to other hotels.

The Ireland team, who are also staying at the hotel, have confirmed that one athlete - 400m hurdler Thomas Barr - has been affected.

According to BBC Sport, a Local Organising Committee (LOC) statement said:

"There have been a number of cases of gastroenteritis reported by team members residing within one of the official team hotels. Those affected have been supported by both team and LOC medical staff. In addition we have been working with Public Health England to ensure the situation is managed and contained. As a result, further advice and guidelines have been issued to team doctors and support staff."

The Tower Hotel said investigations conducted with environmental health officers and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) had shown the hotel was "not the source of the illness". This has also been confirmed by Public Health England.

The hotel added:

"We have followed strict hygiene protocol, ensuring that those affected are not in contact with other guests and all public areas have been thoroughly sanitised."

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