Norovirus outbreak reported at Cowichan District Hospital. (File photo)

Norovirus outbreak at Cowichan District Hopital

Thirteen people so far confirmed or suspected with norovirus

Cowichan District Hospital is reporting an outbreak of norovirus.

Meribeth Burton, a spokeswoman for Island Health said that, as of Jan. 4, there were 10 patients with confirmed or suspected norovirus in the impacted area on the hospital’s second floor.

She said three staff members are also off with norovirus-like symptoms.

“We are limiting visits in the impacted area on the second floor to immediate family,” Burton said.

“All visitors are asked to practice hand-hygiene protocols while infection control efforts are underway. We have extra cleaning staff in place at the hospital and terminal cleanings have been implemented in the impacted areas. Staff who have been ill are not to report back to work until 48 hours after symptoms are gone.”

RELATED STORY: NOROVIRUS OUTBREAK AT VANCOUVER ISLAND HOSPITAL

Norovirus is a common virus that is passed from person to person and causes diarrhea and vomiting in the community and in hospitals.

Most infections and outbreaks are seen during winter months.

The virus, which affects people of all ages, is easily spread in areas where there are large numbers of people together, like hospitals, for several days or more.

RELATED STORY: NOROVIRUS BEHIND ILLNESS THAT SICKENED 200 AT TORONTO COLLEGE

Symptoms of a norovirus infection will begin to show around 12 to 48 hours after becoming infected and may last from 12 to 60 hours.

It often starts with the sudden onset of nausea, vomiting, watery diarrhea and stomach cramps.

Some people may also have a high temperature, headaches and aching limbs.

Most people make a full recovery in one to two days, however some, usually the young and old, may become very dehydrated and require hospital treatment.



robert.barron@cowichanvalleycitizen.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Two of Chemainus photographer Marston’s images picked among National Geographic’s 2018 elite

Rare double honour from the 36 best Your Shots out of nearly 19,000 photos

Strong winds up to 100 km/h for parts of Vancouver Island

Wind warning in effect for north, east and west Vancouver Island into Saturday morning

Prolific offender arrested in “dynamic takedown” in Crofton

Lower Mainland man facing at least six charges

Swing Shift an enthusiastic collection of professional and amateur musicians

School visits by the band keeping the jazz tradition alive with young people

VIDEO: U.S. Congress to probe whether Trump told lawyer Cohen to lie

At issue is a BuzzFeed News report that about negotiations over a Moscow real estate project

Rookie Demko backstops Canucks to 4-3 win over Sabres

Young Vancouver goalie makes 36 saves to turn away Buffalo

Charges upgraded against mother of murdered B.C. girl

Kerryann Lewis now faces first- rather than second-degree murder in the death of Aaliyah Rosa.

UPDATE: Injured firefighter in stable condition

Kelowna fire crews responded to a blaze at Pope’sGallery of BC Art & Photography on Friday

Rare ‘super blood wolf moon’ takes to the skies this Sunday

Celestial event happens only three times this century

Arrest made after historic B.C. church hit by arson

The fire at the 150-year-old Murray United Church in Merritt was considered a possible hate crime

B.C. dangerous offender in court for violating no-contact order, sends letter to victim

Wayne Belleville was shocked to see a letter addressed to him from his shooter, Ronald Teneycke

Man blames his loud car radio, sirens for crash with B.C. ambulance

Tribunal rejects bid to recoup ICBC costs after crash deemed 100-per-cent his fault

Ferry from Port Hardy to Bella Coola expected to set sail this summer

Its first in-service route will sail in central coast waters on May 18, 2019.

Most Read