Virginia Beach, VA – May 18, 2007 – About 23 cases of a stomach virus have sickened patients, staff and a visitor to one unit at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital. That unit has been placed in isolation and standard precautions are being taken to avoid further spread of the flu-like illness.
So far, six patients and two visitors, 14 staff members and one physician have become ill with diarrhea, vomiting and fever. Infection control personnel are actively monitoring and taking appropriate precautions with patients, staff and visitors.
Hospital staff who become ill are being advised to stay home until the symptoms subside and to inform infection control personnel.
This illness appears to be playing out like a case of the flu, with normal resolution in a few days after rest and fluids.
As per public health recommendations, we encourage limited visitation to the unit involved and visitors will be provided with masks, gowns and gloves to limit exposure to the virus. No children under 12 will be allowed to visit.
Standard precautions for all other visitors to Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital are recommended, including hand washing upon arrival and departure and limited physical contact with patients, who are sick and may have compromised immunity.