22 Jun 2009

More suspected norovirus cases at hospital

10:49 am on 22 June 2009

A further 12 suspected cases of the stomach bug norovirus have been diagnosed at Palmerston North Hospital since Saturday.

Four staff and eight patients have shown gastro symptoms consistent with the bug, but it is still unclear whether they are norovirus cases.

Sixty-two staff and 36 patients have already been infected with the highly contagious bug over the past two weeks.

Palmerston North Hospital says three wards are closed due to norovirus and patient visiting hours remain restricted.