Investigation Initiated as Illness Strikes Attendees at WOMAD Festival

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Investigation Initiated as Illness Strikes Attendees at WOMAD Festival

Following reports of a number of festival-goers falling ill at the WOMAD Festival held at Charlton Park, Malmesbury, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) South West has partnered with the festival organizers to launch an investigation.

The annual event, which spanned from July 27 to July 30, witnessed attendees experiencing diarrhea and vomiting symptoms. The UKHSA South West, in collaboration with WOMAD Festival, is delving into the issue to identify potential common factors among those affected.

Dr. Alasdair Wood from UKHSA South West revealed that the focus is on discovering any “common links” that might shed light on the situation. The afflicted individuals reported symptoms such as stomach cramps and elevated body temperature alongside digestive concerns.

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Dr. Wood elaborated on the recommended measures: “People who become unwell with symptoms of diarrhea and vomiting need to drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated and should stay off work, education and childcare settings until symptoms have stopped for two days, as this is when you’re most infectious.” He emphasized the importance of diligent handwashing after food handling and restroom use to prevent the spread of infection.

For those whose symptoms persist beyond two days, Dr. Wood advised contacting a GP or NHS 111 for medical guidance.

THIS YEAR, the WOMAD Festival showcased renowned artists like Femi Kuti, Jungle Brothers, and Soul II Soul. Recognized as an abbreviation for “World of Music, Arts, and Dance,” the festival prides itself on uniting global artists and cultures.

While WOMAD is yet to release an official statement regarding the situation, the collaboration between UKHSA South West and festival organizers signifies their dedication to ensuring the health and safety of attendees.


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