Norovirus cases in hospital

7 November 2017

A STOMACH bug likely to be Norovirus is circulating in the Gisborne community.

If you are vomiting, have diarrhoea or stomach pains, you should stay away from work and school, said Hauora Tairāwhiti medical officer of health Dr Margot McLean. 

Gastroenteritis admissions have increased at Gisborne Hospital Emergency Department, and some schools are reporting increased numbers of children away with gastro, she said. 

“Two children admitted to Planet Sunshine (children’s ward), in the past week had confirmed Norovirus, and there has been a recent large Norovirus outbreak in Hawke’s Bay Hospital affecting patients and staff. 

“Norovirus can be very contagious. To help prevent the spread of the virus through your family and the community it is very important for anyone with nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea or stomach cramps to stay away from school, work or groups of people for 48 hours after symptoms disappear. 

“If symptoms don’t get better, or you become dehydrated or have other concerns, contact your general practice clinic for medical advice or ring Healthline 24 hours a day on 0800 611-116. Please phone ahead if visiting a medical centre so that isolation procedures can be put into place.” 

Good hand cleaning is important and makes a difference. Wash hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds before drying thoroughly. 

If you are aware of an outbreak in a school, early childhood centre or other institution please contact the on-call Health Protection Officer on 027 440 7239