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article imageNorovirus outbreak limits visiting at Vancouver hospital

By Karen Graham     Jan 3, 2014 in Health
Vancouver - Called the "winter vomiting disease," the virus spreads quickly through hospitals, and other places where people are in close contact for prolonged periods of time. Now Vancouver, Canada is being hit hard by the sickness.
Dave LeFebvre, A spokesman for Providence Health Care, reported on Friday that seven cases of the highly contagious norovirus have been identified in two wards at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, but patients and visitors should not be alarmed.
Often called the "winter vomiting disease," the virus causes chills, fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and other symptoms. Frequent hand-washing will limit the risk of getting the illness, and while very contagious, it is not dangerous to people in good health. Symptoms usually last 24-36 hours.
LeFebvre said the hospital has already taken measures, preventive and protective to ensure the virus remains contained to the two wards. The flu-like illness is limited to wards 7AB and 10C. As a protective measure, the wards have been bleached thoroughly, and visitors are being asked to refrain from visiting.
"If visitors do insist on coming in though, we will be asking them to wear gowns and gloves, and to thoroughly wash their hands both before and after. As well, any staff who might feel like they are symptomatic, we're asking them to stay home, and if they're at work then we are sending them home," said Lefebvre.
St. Paul's Hospital is an acute-care hospital and the oldest of the seven hospitals owned by Providence Health Care. Located in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the hospital was founded in 1894 by the Sisters of Providence who also founded schools, asylums and hospitals all over North America.
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