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DC children’s hospital confirms 3 cases of norovirus

April 9, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — A children’s hospital in Washington, D.C., says three of its patients have tested positive for norovirus, a highly contagious gastrointestinal bug.

HSC Health Care System President Nathaniel Beers tells The Washington Post that no new cases had surfaced at the HSC Pediatric Center for 72 hours as of Sunday afternoon. Pediatric center officials say they’re working with the District health department to contain the virus.

Beers says the cause of the outbreak is unclear, but the hospital has additional safeguards in place to contain it. The safeguards include baring visits by children younger than 12 and requiring staff with symptoms to remain off-duty until 48 after the symptoms are resolved.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says outbreaks of the virus most often happen between November and April.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com