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Norovirus at Gorge hospital

Apr 29 2012

An outbreak of the highly contagious norovirus is moving through a Vancouver Island Health Authority residentialcare facility.

An outbreak of norovirus, symptoms of which include vomiting and diarrhea, in the Waterview Unit of Gorge Road Hospital affected at least 26 people in the 64-bed complexcare unit. Norovirus can spread quickly from person to person via an infected person's vomit or diarrhea. There is no specific treatment other than letting the illness run its course.

A second outbreak was declared in the hospital's Arbutus Unit after eight of 45 residents showed symptoms. Lab tests are pending but are expected to confirm that norovirus is the cause. Visitor restrictions have been imposed and residents are being served meals in their rooms instead of gathering in common areas.

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