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Norovirus cases reported at Queen’s Medical Center, investigation underway



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HONOLULU (KHON2) – The Queen’s Medical Center is working with the state Department of Health to determine what caused a few patients in a hospital unit to get Norovirus.

Norovirus is a virus that causes abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting. It is noted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as “highly contagious.”

On their website, the CDC states that Norovirus can be contracted by:

  • Have direct contact with an infected person.
  • Consumes contaminated food or water.
  • Touch contaminated surfaces and then put your unwashed hands in your mouth.

Queen’s says all affected patients have been identified and are receiving appropriate care.

“Queen’s monitors the situation closely and remains committed to ensuring patients, hospital staff and visitors,” said Queen’s Health Systems. “As the investigation continues, we have proactively taken steps to implement further precautions to ensure that the Queen remains a safe place to provide and receive high quality care.”

The hospital said patients are doing well.

At this time, no staff has tested positive.


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