Rise in stomach flu cases
Waikato health authorities are on high alert after a surge in the number of patients with gastric bugs.
The spike in "stomach flu" cases follows an outbreak of norovirus at Auckland's Middlemore Hospital, where the number of confirmed cases continues to rise.
Radius Hamilton general manager Navin Rajan said his clinic had experienced a large number of patients arriving with gastric symptoms.
"We are actually receiving quite a number of cases of diarrhoea and tummy bugs so something is definitely happening in Hamilton," Dr Rajan said.
Anglesea Clinic general manager Andrew Campus said local medical professionals were concerned the norovirus outbreak might spread to Waikato and were watching developments closely.
"At this stage everyone is monitoring the Waikato situation to see if anything develops from the Middlemore outbreak," Mr Campus said. "You have got to be aware that it is possible that it will spread down here."
Anglesea Clinic has seen a high number of patients with gastric symptoms in recent weeks but Mr Campus said no cases were related to the norovirus outbreak.
". . . We are thinking it's more of the tail end of the winter flu season than anything."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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