The COVID-19 epidemic can make you forget for a few moments that other viruses are still circulating, even in summer, and this is particularly the case for the city of Marguerittes, located in the Gard department. As the Midi Libre newspaper explains, since Sunday, July 25, comments have been raining down on Facebook and the group “T’es de Marguerites si …” concerning many strong and sudden health problem among many residents, most of whom attended the votive festival which is currently in full swing in the city. Some of them would indeed be plagued by disorders such as fever, diarrhea, and vomiting, all of which are similar symptoms. to those of gastroenteritis.
And this without any obvious element allowing at this stage to identify the cause, because the people affected do not have any other obvious common point than that to reside in Marguerites. According to the statements of the mayor of the city Rémi Nicolas on the radio France Bleu Gard Lozère, “The epidemic affects all categories of the population, people who have or have not participated in the votive festival. Obviously, this all started last week. Doctors think it would be rather of viral origin. “The analysis of the cases shows that all the people affected are affected over a period of 24 hours,” 24 hours of fatigue and digestive disorders, obviously quite intense. He adds.
Water is not the cause, but other analyzes are still in progress
In a published press release Monday July 26, the town hall indicates that the town is under surveillance and that it has carried out bacteriological and virological analyzes. “The essential recommendation with regard to the known symptoms is to ensure, especially for the most fragile, good hydration of people and for all, to limit physical contact. », She indicates. Drinking water in the municipality has already been analyzed and a second press release published today on his Facebook page reports reassuring results: at all sampling points, “the values observed are in conformity and correspond to a perfectly drinkable water. ”
Other analyzes are underway, and the Occitanie Regional Health Agency is carrying out its own investigations. This does not want to put forward any hypothesis, and therefore does not exclude any research, but evokes “symptoms which correspond well to those caused by a new gastroenteritis virus, whose contagiousness is important ”. The city has for its part requested further bacteriological analyzes and will unveil its new results in the coming days. If the trial of COVID-19 seems ruled out, the mayor reminds France Bleu of the importance of wearing a mask, mandatory during the votive festival, and of respect for barrier gestures. Knowing that these two recommendations make it possible, moreover, to limit the transmission of the virus in question, whatever it is.