Sheep poo makes Nor­we­gian cy­clists sick

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

Dozens of moun­tain bik­ers in a race in Nor­way have fallen sick most likely due to spray from sheep drop­pings on their path, Nor­we­gian me­dia re­ported yes­ter­day. Of the 300 cy­clists who took part in the Tran­sos­terdalen race at the end of June in south­east­ern Nor­way, at least 50 were struck with fever, stom­ach pain and di­ar­rhoea in the days fol­low­ing the com­pe­ti­tion, ac­cord­ing to public broad­caster NRK. “This is most likely a Campy­lobac­ter in­fec­tion,” race doc­tor Tor Halvor Bjorn­stad-Tu­veng told NRK, re­fer­ring to a bac­te­ria which is present in the in­testines of many an­i­mals.

He said ma­te­rial from the sheep drop­pings, which have de­com­posed dur­ing heavy rain and pro­jected on the bik­ers’ route, must have sprayed onto their bot­tles, faces and hands as they rode by. “In par­tic­u­lar, if the fae­ces are fresh and in large quan­ti­ties,” Bjorn­stad-Tu­veng said, “they can splat­ter on their bot­tles in such a way that they in­gest it when they drink”.—AFP

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