Norovirus closes hospital wards
A norovirus outbreak at Auckland City Hospital has put 33 elderly patients in isolated care as staff work to control the infection.
Auckland District Health Board executive director of nursing Margaret Dotchin confirmed 13 of those patients and four staff showed symptoms of having the virus.
"We are implementing standard infection control measures to prevent the further spread of the virus to patients and staff," Dotchin said.
Three wards have been closed to admissions.
Norovirus spreads easily and causes severe stomach upset, resulting in diarrhoea or vomiting. The virus is particularly dangerous to the elderly or those who are already in a fragile condition.
Families have been warned that visiting patients who had symptoms would be limited.
"ADHB takes infection control very seriously and we are doing everything possible to care for these patients and to minimise the risk of others becoming infected," Dotchin said.
"Viruses like this do occur in hospital environments from time to time and we have recently seen a number of cases at other hospitals around the Auckland region."
Last month more than 100 staff and patients were diagnosed with norovirus during an outbreak at Middlemore Hospital.
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