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Another Outbreak of Norovirus in NZ Hospitals

Posted by te2ataria on June 12, 2009

New Zealand: KEEP OUT!

New Zealand Visitor Health Alert (Health Bulletin # 27): Explosive Rise in the Cases of Infectious Disease:

Highly Contagious Gastrointestinal Bug Norovirus

If you are visiting New Zealand, and you really know better not to do so, avoid New Zealand hospitals like plague.

Dozens of people have been infected with the highly contagious bug norovirus in in New Zealand hospitals. However, only two hospitals have reported the outbreaks, Waikato and Timaru.

“Timaru’s Ranui Free Kindergarten is closed today because of a case of the highly contagious gastrointestinal bug, while the hospital is dealing with six more suspected cases, taking the total to 33.” A report said.

Waikato Hospital has also reported the outbreak of norovirus.

Norovirus is a bacteria found in human feces.  Marine contamination occurs when raw sewage is discharged into coastal waters.  The common symptoms of illness from norovirus include nausea, stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, headache, chills and aching muscles.

At least two dozen people have been killed and many others sickened by varios  outbreaks of norovirus in New Zealand in the past 12 months.

For other New Zealand visitor health warnings see:

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