Whangarei Hos­pi­tal pa­tients in iso­la­tion af­ter bug out­break

Fiji Sun - - Aust / NZ News - NZ Her­ald

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.

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