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IWK says no new norovirus cases after small outbreak Thursday

Staff are monitoring patients to identify any new norovirus cases, but a hospital spokesperson said there have been none reported since Thursday morning
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(Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

Officials at the IWK are hoping they've been able to contain a small norovirus outbreak.

Hospital spokesperson Nick Cox says the outbreak was declared Thursday morning on one unit at the health centre.

"Staff immediately implemented our infection control procedures which include, amongst other measures, enhanced cleaning of the unit, providing education on Noro Virus to patients, visitors and staff, closing and cleaning all common areas adjacent to the unit," said an email from Cox.

Staff are also monitoring patients to identify any new cases, but Cox said there have been none reported since Thursday morning.

He said their protocol states they must wait 96 hours before declaring the outbreak over.

"As always, the public is reminded to wash their hands vigilantly with soap and water as we are also seeing cases in the community," he said.

Symptoms of norovirus include diarrhea, abdominal pain and vomiting.




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