23 Apr 2009

No further cases of stomach bug at hospital

4:04 pm on 23 April 2009

An outbreak of gastro-enteritis at a hospital in Hastings has been contained, Hawke's Bay District Health Board says.

Chief operating officer Warrick Frater says a small number of patients last week complained of being unwell with a stomach related illness.

Samples were sent away for testing, but only one turned out to be the highly contagious bug Norovirus, he says.

All the patients who suffered from vomiting and diarrhoea have now recovered and there have not been any further cases this week.

However, Mr Frater says hospital visitors should stay away if they have any symptoms of a stomach upset.