Norovirus outbreak causes Waco VA facility to postpone 4th of July plans

KWKT
Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 12:30pm

The traditional barbecue and Independence Day plans scheduled at the Waco VA facility have been postponed due to a norovirus outbreak.

According to VA officials, the outbreak was discovered on June 21 and since then, the facility has been on restricted access, limiting patients being admitted. At this time, reports indicate the worst is over, but the hospital is still taking precautions. During the peak of the outbreak, 41 patients displayed symptoms of infection, but lab tests only confirmed two people had the norovirus. Presently, only one person is infected.

Norovirus tends to cause stomach and intestinal inflammation, which causes someone infected to vomit, have diarrhea, and fever.

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