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Norovirus outbreak hits SUS. Patients and staff in ward closures. Stavanger University Hospital (SUS) has been hit by what is reported as being a nationwide wave of the extremely contagious Norovirus. “Everything points towards an escalation of the Norovirus is underway. We’ve received several reports of outbreaks in the last few days, and expect several thousand further people to be hit during the next few months,” the Institute of Public Health’s Doctor Siri Helene Hauge, who monitors the spread of infectious diseases, tells VG.Isolation

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Norovirus outbreak hits SUS

Published on Wednesday, 20th January, 2010 at 22:47 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 26th January 2010 at 13:41.

Patients and staff in ward closures.

Clinical thermometer
Clinical thermometer
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Widespread

Stavanger University Hospital (SUS) has been hit by what is reported as being a nationwide wave of the extremely contagious Norovirus.

“Everything points towards an escalation of the Norovirus is underway. We’ve received several reports of outbreaks in the last few days, and expect several thousand further people to be hit during the next few months,” the Institute of Public Health’s Doctor Siri Helene Hauge, who monitors the spread of infectious diseases, tells VG.

Isolation

“It’s difficult to get a complete overview of the situation in cases where so many contract the same disease. We often just see the tip of the iceberg,” continues Hauge, who advises all who experience vomiting to stay at home up to 48 hours after symptoms have subsided.

SUS closed four wards yesterday, after 30 people – including medical staff – went down with the virus. All are now in isolation.

Facts

·         The Norovirus – also known as “winter vomiting disease” – is not considered to be dangerous but can be very unpleasant, is highly contagious, and has a 12-48 hour incubation period.

·         Infection usually occurs between people via unwashed hands, contact with contaminated surfaces such as door handles and taps, inhaled via droplets formed during vomiting, or through contaminated foods or drinking water.

·         Symptoms are acute nausea, vomiting, stomach pains, and diarrhoea, lasting between one and three days.

·         Many also experience influenza-like symptoms such as fever, pain in the muscles and joints, and headaches.

·         There’s no treatment for the virus itself, but good care and plenty of fluids help.

·         Avoid drinks with a lot of sugar such as soft drinks, as these can make the diarrhoea worse. This is also the case with diet soda, as sweeteners can bind water in the intestines.

Several British media, including The Daily Mail, have also been reporting similar outbreaks in the UK recently.




Published on Wednesday, 20th January, 2010 at 22:47 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 26th January 2010 at 13:41.

This post has the following tags: norovirus, vomiting, nausea, diarrhoea, stomach, pains, fever, symptoms, stavanger, norway, sus, university, hospital, nationwide, outbreak, infection, contageous, disease, institute, public, health.





  
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