River Dart Country Park Reopens after Norovirus outbreak

(Last Updated On: August 19, 2014)

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The River Dart Country Park has reopened this morning after temporarily closing last week due to an outbreak of Norovirus.

More than 90 people had reported symptoms of sickness and diarrhoea.

Managing director, Mark Simpson made the decision to close the park after discussions with the Environmental Health Agency and Public Health England (PHE)

The whole site was closed, with hundreds of people having to leave, so that deep cleaning could take place.

South Hams District Council’s Head of Environmental Health, Ian Bollans, said:
“We have been working closely with River Dart Country Park to provide advice on how to best deep clean the site and control the risk from further viral infections. We believe the park is doing all it can to implement this advice.

“According to the most up to date information, the virus will not normally be active outside a host after a 48 hour period has elapsed. The site has been closed for longer than this so our advice is that there is a minimal risk of viable virus particles still being present. As such, we believe the risk of further infection from the recent outbreak should have been reduced to an acceptable level.”

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