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Stomach Bug Limits Visiting at Durham VA

Posted February 14, 2007

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— Health officials in Durham are investigating several cases of the Norovirus, a hard-hitting stomach bug, and the outbreak has prompted the Durham Veterans Administration Hospital to ask all visitors, especially children, to stay away.

The stomach virus, which is highly contagious, has made some hospital patients and staff members sick. Officials are barring visitors to in-patient ward units.

The Durham County Health Department said its investigation is focusing on the long-term care population. Numerous outbreaks have been reported across the state in the past couple of weeks.

Thorough hand-washing is the best way to prevent infection. Officials recommend using soap and water, saying that alcohol-based hand sanitizers may not be all that effective against these viruses.

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  • Roach Feb 15, 2007

    You would think that would qualify as a form of child abuse.

    On another note:
    Go to the article on Salmonella. Everyone is blaming this stomach flu on their peanut butter.

  • HoldOn Feb 15, 2007

    And if you're sick or have a sick kid, at least have the courtesy to stay home so as not to infect everyone else. I was getting a haircut yesterday and some Mom had the nerve to bring her hacking, vomiting kid in and let her lay in misery on the couch while she was ther for about 2hrs.