These diseases are spreading rapidly at festivals

Festivals are the epitome of spring and summer. But diseases in particular often spread rapidly at mass events.

Festivals carry the usual health risks associated with a large crowd. Especially because the festivals take place mainly in the summer and outdoors, the probability of transmission is low. However, there are still a large number of pathogens that need to be prepared for.

The high number of fecal-oral transmissions and poor hygiene form the breeding ground for bacteria. To prevent infection, you should always use hand disinfectant after using the festival toilets and before eating or drinking.

Diseases reported by music festivals include:

  • flu (influenza)

  • measles

  • Mumps virus

  • Sexually transmitted diseases

  • Norovirus

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are common at festivals. Some events even offer VIP access for those who take the STI test upon arrival, such as the Byron Bay Music Festival in New Zealand. People with sunburn or dramatic sunburn are also not uncommon at festivals.

“Burns are an obvious risk – always have a hat on hand, apply sunscreen regularly and don’t be seduced by the shirtless sun,” said the Patient Information Sheet for the England Festival in Glastonbury.

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