Norovirus outbreak eliminated

A suspected norovirus outbreak at Dunstan Hospital in Clyde has been eliminated with all temporary outbreak control measures now lifted.

Nursing services manager Debi Lawry said the last patients to experience norovirus symptoms left the hospital's closed ward yesterday afternoon.

Ms Lawry said three hospital staff were still off work until their symptoms, which can include diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea and abdominal cramps, had been clear for at least 48 hours.

When the virus outbreak was at its peak a week ago, nine patients and 12 staff had symptoms.

Ms Lawry said although the hospital was maintaining a strict cleaning regime, for patients and visitors the facility would operate as normal.

Ms Lawry said any people admitted to the hospital with norovirus-like symptoms from now on would be treated as usual.


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