Norovirus suspected at Timaru Hospital

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Last updated 17:15 26/06/2014

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Eight patients and three wards have been affected by a suspected norovirus outbreak at Timaru Hospital.

South Canterbury District Health Board chief executive Nigel Trainor said eight patients had come down with diarrhoea and/or vomiting at Timaru Hospital, showing the characteristics of norovirus or a similar virus.

"The affected wards include ATR, medical and surgical wards," he said.

"Patients affected and patients who have been in contact with affected patients are in isolation as a precaution due to the highly contagious nature of this virus."

The hospital has advised family members not to visit.

"For anyone who is experiencing any diarrhoea and/or vomiting symptoms, or any flu-like symptoms, the health board is advising they should not visit patients until at least three days after all the symptoms have been resolved," Trainor said.

"All visitors to the hospital should use the provided alcohol hand rubs on arrival at the hospital for the added protection of all." Norovirus is extremely contagious and careful handwashing and drying is advised.

The health board advised anyone feeling sick or experiencing vomiting or diarrhoea to contact their GP or after-hours surgery for advice.

To speak to a registered nurse at any time, call Healthline on 0800 611 116.

Two Timaru rest homes have been in lockdown this month as a result of a virus outbreak.

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- The Timaru Herald

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