Suspected norovirus outbreak

02:28, May 23 2011

Timaru Hospital is dealing with a suspected outbreak of norovirus in three wards.

Fifteen patients and six hospital staff have experienced symptoms of vomiting and/or diarrhoea since Saturday.

The sick patients were in either the surgical ward, medical ward or assessment, treatment and rehabilitation ward.

South Canterbury District Health Board chief executive Chris Fleming said the hospital was waiting for test results to determine whether or not norovirus was the cause of the illness, but was treating it as a norovirus outbreak in the meantime as a precaution.

The hospital has been closed to non-essential visitors.

If you experience vomiting or diarrhoea, contact your GP or after-hours service for advice on (03) 684 8209.

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The Timaru Herald