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Enteric outbreak at hospital

Norfolk General Hospital

Norfolk General Hospital

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Norfolk General Hospital is dealing with an enteric outbreak on ward 4B.

The gastro-intestinal illness is contagious. Symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea. 

“Affected patients have been put in isolation, with visitor restrictions in place on the affected unit,” Gerry Hamill, spokesperson for NGH, said Thursday in a news release.

Sanitation staff have stepped up their activities in the affected area in an effort to wipe out the pathogen.

Everyone entering and exiting the hospital is asked to make thorough use of hand sanitation stations.

All activities in the affected unit have been cancelled. NGH is not accepting patient transfers for the time being and no new admissions to the ward.

The hospital asks members of the public not to visit unless they have urgent business. The hospital also asks people to refrain from visiting the hospital if they are feeling ill.

NGH is in contact with families who have relatives in the affected ward. Anyone with immediate concerns about the situation can learn more by dialling 519-426-0130 ext. 4221.