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March 20, 2009
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Incidents of Vomiting and Diarrhea at Hillsborough Hospital


Hillsborough Hospital is experiencing a number of cases of vomiting and diarrhea in one of the units at the hospital. Six patients on the unit, along with one staff member have experienced diarrhea and or vomiting.

“We are awaiting tests results from Halifax to determine if the symptoms presented are related to Norovirus,” said Dr. Lamont Sweet, deputy chief health officer for the Department of Health. “Symptoms of Norovirus usually last 24-48 hours and include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps and nausea. Hand washing is the most effective way to help prevent the spread of infection.”

“During the outbreak, there was a death of a patient who had the condition, but it is still unclear if the death was caused by the condition or another health condition,” said Dr. Sweet.

Media Contact: Laura Jones
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