Stomach Bug Affects 30 Athletes, Staff at IAAF World Championships

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A stomach bug has forced several top athletes to withdraw from events at the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London.

Botswana sprinter Isaac Makwala shared the bad news on social media, saying he was suffering from food poisoning and couldn’t compete in the 200-meter prelims on Monday, Aug. 7.

Likewise, Ireland’s Thomas Barr was forced to withdraw from the 400-meter hurdles. Barr just missed the podium in the same event at the 2016 Rio Games.

Some 30 athletes and staff have already been affected.

Organizers said multiple cases of gastroenteritis have been reported at one of the team hotels, and Public Health England has already confirmed several cases of the highly-contagious norovirus.

Norovirus is marked by vomiting, diarrhea and body aches, and it typically lasts one to three days.

Organizers tell the BBC, they’re finding alternate accommodations for athletes when appropriate.

The IAAF World Championships continue through Sunday.