DNT, the Norwegian mountain trekking association, was in emergency mode on Monday after at least 30 people who’ve been skiing from one DNT cabin to another have fallen ill. DNT officials fear an outbreak of the novo-virus, which causes serious vomiting and diarrhea.
Three new cases of illness have been reported since Sunday evening. DNT and Red Cross crews are helping to evacuate the ill skiers on snowmobiles, while also working to wash down the rustic hytter (cabins), most of which lack electricity and running water.
Three DNT chapters in Drammen, Telemark and Oslo were scrambling to address the unusual problem at DNT cabins on Hardangervidda, the high mountain plateau that’s popular with cross-country skiers especially during the Easter week. Norwegians enjoy skiing from one hytte to another during the course of the week.
Most of the cases of illness have broken out at the cabins called Rauhelleren, Mårbu and Litlos. “We think we have control but are monitoring the situation very carefully,” Henning Hoff Wikborg, manager of DNT Oslo, told state broadcaster NRK. He said DNT hoped none of the cabins would need to be closed at the height of the winter tourist season.