4 Aug 2009

Norovirus closes ward at Taranaki hospital

1:12 pm on 4 August 2009

A medical ward at Taranaki Base Hospital is closed because of a norovirus outbreak.

Ward Five is closed to all but essential staff and visitors.

Operations manager Steve Berendsen says 14 patients and 11 staff have contracted the highly contagious stomach bug.

He says seven operations have been postponed so far, and it's likely that more surgeries will be put off.