By Emily Goddard

Norovirus has hit 32 people at the Glasgow 2014 Athletes’ Village ©Glasgow 2014A suspected outbreak of norovirus has hit 32 workers at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Athletes' Village, National Health Service (NHS) Greater Glasgow and Clyde has said.

An initial discovery of 12 cases of the diarrhoea and vomiting bug were identified yesterday but it has affected a further 20 people since with only six days to go until the Opening Ceremony.

"Twenty additional members of the workforce at the Commonwealth Games Village have been reported as experiencing mild gastrointestinal symptoms," NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said in a statement.

"All 20 have been told to remain at home until they have been clear of symptoms for 48 hours.

"This brings the total number of reported cases to 32.

"The Public Health Protection Unit of NHSGGC has been made aware of all the cases and is working closely with the Games Organisers and Health Protection Scotland on local infection control measures at the Village to minimise risk."

Dr Catriona Milosevic, a Consultant in Public Health Medicine for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, added that the symptoms being experienced by those with the virus are not giving any cause for concern.

"Village residents and workforce have been informed and issued with health information," she added.

"There have been no reports from athletes or team officials and the Village is open and operating as normal.

"We are continuing to monitor the situation closely."

The first representatives of Team Scotland were officially welcomed to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village yesterday ©Glasgow 2014The first representatives of Team Scotland were officially welcomed to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village yesterday ©Glasgow 2014

Glasgow 2014 said it was investigating the cause of the norovirus outbreak at the purpose-built 700 home site in Glasgow's East End.

"It's a very isolated group of people, a couple of people in our workforce, and business is operating according to normal," Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemberg said.

"In any health and safety situation we always take it very, very seriously but it's an isolated incident, the residents at the Village have not been affected and have been well briefed but we'll continue to monitor the situation.

"We work very closely with all the medical authorities, we have a great team there that's aware of the situation and gathering and disseminating information.

"As with any global Village of this sort we are reminding people to be diligent in terms of their hygiene and cleanliness."

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