Auckland's Middlemore Hospital is on alert after an outbreak
of the stomach bug norovirus.
More than one ward has been affected by the virus, the
hospital said, with staff and patients also becoming sick.
Viral gastroenteritis, or norovirus, is a stomach bug which
causes nausea, cramps, diarrhoea and vomiting.
Several people have been admitted to Middlemore with the
illness in the last few days, it said, with some patients
transferring the bug to other patients and staff.
"As of today, there are 11 patients and three staff
affected," the hospital said in a statement.
It has called on people to avoid visiting the hospital if
they are showing signs of the illness, and to make sure they
are thoroughly washing their hands.
"We are asking that anybody who is visiting patients at
Middlemore Hospital be well and show no symptoms of illness
and have been symptom-free for at least two days," it said
"Visitors to affected wards of the hospital may be asked to
wear gloves and gowns before entering. We do not recommend
bringing children in to the hospital during a norovirus
"We are also asking that visitors perform rigorous hand
washing with soap and water before and after visiting
Middlemore. Hand gel is not effective for gastroenteritis but
continues to provide protection for other hand hygiene
The public is also being advised to wash their hands with
soap and water after using the toilet and before preparing
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- Patrice Dougan of APNZ