Whangarei Hospital patients in isolation after bug outbreak
Wellington: Patients in a ward at Whangarei Hospital are in isolation after an outbreak of the stomach and intestine infection norovirus.
Ward 1 patients were asked on Thursday evening to notify their families to limit their visits while Northland District Health Board (NDHB) and hospital staff work to contain - or reduce the speed - of the contagion.
NDHB clinical microbiologist Dr David Hammer said 11 patients have been isolated but no staff are sick at this point. Norovirus is currently widespread in the community and NDHB is urging members of the public with any gastroenteritis-like symptoms not to visit patients in hospital.