Mystery illness spreads through Isle of Man as diarrhoea and vomiting advice issued by health officials

Stock man being sick/Isle of Man

A mysterious illness is spreading through the Isle of Man, with locals complaining of diarrhoea and vomiting

Holly Bishop

By Holly Bishop

Published: 23/06/2024

- 11:36

Updated: 23/06/2024

- 11:54

Many residents have are thought to have called in sick to work across various industries across the island

A strange illness is spreading through the Isle of Man, with locals complaining of diarrhoea and vomiting.

An increase of reported cases prompted Public Health Isle of Man to issue a warning to its residents.

Reminding locals that the symptoms should pass in a few days, the health officials still urged those that are currently unwell to stay at home and remember the 48 hour rule - which encourages people to remain at home for at least two days after their last episode.

The mysterious illness that is gripping the Island has also had a negative impact upon its infrastructure and businesses.

Stock man being sick/Isle of ManA mysterious illness is spreading through the Isle of Man, with locals complaining of diarrhoea and vomitingGetty

GB News understands that many sectors across the island, ranging from hospitality to sea services, have gone short staffed, with employees calling in sick complaining of diarrhoea and vomiting.

It has been suggested by a resident that over a thousand people have come down with this bug, with some allegedly being hospitalised.

Earlier this week, flights to and from the Isle of Man were delayed or cancelled due to staff illness, with airport authorities stating that five members of the air traffic control team had called in sick.


Posting on Facebook, the airport said: “Due to multiple illnesses in our ATC team, the airfield will experience a delay to opening this morning. Despite our best efforts to find coverage, we currently have five team members sick. We are doing our best to open it as soon as possible.

“We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience and delays this will cause to your flights. Thank you for your understanding and patience a further update will be given at 07:30 or before should information be available.”

Some residents on the island have speculated that the bug originated from the TT Festival, a motorcycling racing two-week event that takes place in May and June.

In light of the influx of illness, Public Health Isle of Man said residents should seek urgent medical attention if a baby of under 12 months is infected.

Isle of Man airport

Airport authorities said five air traffic controllers were sick and unable to work earlier this week

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They also said that if you are exhibiting signs of dehydration that are not being remedied with hydration sachets or with water, you also should see a healthcare professional.

Bloody diarrhoea and an inability to keep fluids down were also raised as causes for concern.

More generally, the health body reminded locals to ensure they are washing their hands thoroughly with soap and water in order to limit the spread of the virus.

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