After Petter Northug, now three more runners have become ill and are isolated from rest of the squad.
The Norwegian Ski Federation announced in a press release on Tuesday morning that Therese Johaug, Astrid Urenholdt Jacobsen and Mari Eide have also become ill. The runners fall victim to a very contagious Norovirus gastrointestinal infection.
” We can not rule out norovirus and the girls are isolated in the hotel, ” says Øystein Andersen , medical officer responsible for the cross country race.
Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea are some of the common symptoms of the infection.
Along with the above stated three runners, Emil Iversen is also hit by the virus. A press meeting with Johaug and Iversen was scheduled on Tuesday but it stands cancelled now.
Øystein Andersen says, “the most important thing is now to limit the amount of disease”.
The cross country skiing season opens with national opening at Beitostølen in about three weeks. Part of the cross country race is currently at the height of Val Senales in Italy.
“I am very little sick”, says Johaug
The cross country champion Johaug has had to take more inconvenient training breaks in the run-up to the forthcoming World Cup season.
Johaug was asked if she herself has ever crossed due to illness, she answered:
No, I do not think so. I am very little sick. Such is the difference between people. I need a very strong immune system. I would like to thank mom and dad for kumelka up in Dalsbygda for that.