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WOMAD investigating after a number of festival-goers fall ill with similar symptoms

By | Published on Monday 7 August 2023

An investigation has been launched after a number of festival-goers fell ill with similar symptoms following the recent 2023 edition of the WOMAD festival.

According to the BBC, the UK Health Security Agency, Wiltshire Council and the organisers of WOMAD are working together to investigate what might have caused those festival-goers to fall ill while attending last month’s event, which takes place at Charlton Park in Wiltshire.

The BBC quotes Dr Alasdair Wood from UKHSA South West who explains: “People have reported experiencing diarrhoea, stomach cramps and a high temperature”. He adds that the ongoing investigation is seeking to establish any “common links” between those affected.

Wood goes on: “People who become unwell with symptoms of diarrhoea 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”. Those whose symptoms are not settled after two days should see a doctor.