Doubt about norovirus

Ill patients at Dunedin Hospital might not have norovirus as first suspected, but test results will take a few days, Southern District Health Board (Otago) emergency, medicine and surgery general manager Dr Colleen Coop says.

A general medical ward, 8A, was closed on Tuesday after patients fell ill with vomiting and diarrhoea.

Dr Coop said 10 rather than 11 patients were ill - she inadvertently provided the wrong information to the ODT.

Dr Coop said there was "some doubt" the illness was norovirus because patients were not all exhibiting the same symptoms.

It could be another infectious condition, she said.

No new patients were being admitted to the closed ward, and visiting was restricted.


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