Nasty norovirus bugs Mid­dle­more Hos­pi­tal

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Hos­pi­tal visi­tors are be­ing asked to take ex­tra pre­cau­tions with Mid­dle­more on alert for the stom­ach bug norovirus.

As of Mon­day, 14 peo­ple have fallen ill, in­clud­ing staff and pa­tients.

The virus was brought into the hos­pi­tal from com­mu­nity ad­mis­sions and has now spread across wards.

Norovirus, or vi­ral gas­troen­teri­tis, causes nau­sea, ab­dom­i­nal pain, vom­it­ing and di­ar­rhoea. Symp­toms usu­ally last from 12 to 72 hours.

More than 100 pa­tients and staff were af­fected when a norovirus out­break hit Mid­dle­more in 2012.

Visi­tors to af­fected wards may be asked to wear gloves and gowns be­fore en­ter­ing.

Staff rec­om­mend not bring­ing chil­dren in to the hos­pi­tal dur­ing a norovirus alert.

They are ask­ing that any­body who is vis­it­ing pa­tients be well and show no symp­toms of ill­ness and have been symp­tom-free for at least two days.

Any visi­tors are also asked to per­form rig­or­ous hand wash­ing with soap and wa­ter be­fore and af­ter vis­it­ing. Hand gel is not ef­fec­tive for gas­troen­teri­tis, the hos­pi­tal says.

To avoid the virus, the hos­pi­tal says peo­ple in the com­mu­nity should also hand wash with soap and wa­ter di­rectly af­ter go­ing to the toi­let and be­fore pre­par­ing food as it helps to stop the spread of in­fec­tion.

If you are un­well, drink plenty of flu­ids and avoid con­tact with in­fants, the el­derly or those with long term ill­ness un­til you are free of all symp­toms for a min­i­mum of 24 hours.

Take care: Re­mem­ber to wash your hands to avoid norovirus.

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