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    this a a story from the AP just to give people an idea of what is going around Originally published February 18, 2004, 6:06 PM EST Health officials confirmed
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      this a a story from the AP just to give people an idea of what is
      going around

      Originally published February 18, 2004, 6:06 PM EST
      Health officials confirmed Wednesday that the intestinal flu that
      broke out at one city hospital was caused by the Norwalk virus. The
      virus is suspected in an outbreak at another hospital.

      Dr. Peter Beilenson, Baltimore's health commissioner, said late
      Wednesday that laboratory tests on samples from patients and staff at
      Good Samaritan Hospital showed that some of the 60 patients and 100
      staff members who have become ill since last week had the Norwalk
      virus.

      The virus, which Beilenson emphasized is not a major public health
      issue, causes gastrointestinal distress, including nausea, diarrhea
      and vomiting. The virus does not require treatment, he said, and
      lasts only 24 to 48 hours.

      About 40 patients and staff at Johns Hopkins Hospital developed
      similar symptoms this week, Beilenson said. Tests are under way to
      determine if the Norwalk virus is responsible.

      But the virus is very common this time of year, he said, and can
      spread quickly.

      Frequent hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of the
      virus.

      While most people who contract the virus recover quickly, elderly
      people or those with other illnesses could become dehydrated and
      require fluid intravenously, Beilenson said.

      Both hospitals are thoroughly cleaning the affected areas.

      Copyright © 2004, The Associated Press
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