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Published on March 08, 2019

Rutland Regional issues a Norovirus Communication for Public Safety

Rutland, VT: Norovirus has been detected in our community, and three confirmed cases of norovirus have been diagnosed at Rutland Regional Medical Center. Norovirus is the most common cause of gastroenteritis in adults. It is extremely contagious with an incubation period of 24 to 48 hours. This infection can be acquired any time of the year, but some studies have noted a peak incidence during the winter months. It is important that the Rutland community know how to protect themselves and each other from contracting it.

Symptoms

  • Fevers, nausea, vomiting, watery diarrhea (non-bloody) and abdominal pain. Also generalized myalgias (muscle aches), malaise/fatigue, and headache.

Treatment

  • Most often supportive treatment alone is enough. For example, hydration is given for dehydration concerns. Antibiotics are not recommended.

When to seek medical attention: Please call your Primary Care Provider if any of these symptoms present themselves:

  • Elderly or an infant/child with symptoms
  • Immunocompromised patient with symptoms
  • Concerned about dehydration; decrease in urination/dry mouth or throat
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Severe myalgia/arthralgia (muscle or joint pain)
  • Altered mental status (new confusion)
  • Lightheadedness/dizziness

Prevention

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, not alcohol-based hand sanitizers
  • Norovirus is not eliminated by disinfection with standard cleaning agents. Any contaminated surfaces should be disinfected with bleach (5 to 25 tablespoons of household bleach per gallon of water)
  • Rinse fruits and vegetables
  • Cook shellfish thoroughly
  • Stay home when sick and for two days after symptoms resolve

According to Nancy J. Meszaros BSN, RN, CIC, Infection Preventionist at Rutland Regional, special precautions have been put in place to reduce the risk of the spread of this infection and prevent further cases. Rutland Regional appreciates everyone’s cooperation and understanding during this time.

For more information on the Norovirus visit https://www.cdc.gov/norovirus/ or www.healthvermont.gov

About Rutland Regional Medical Center

Rutland Regional Medical Center, founded in 1896, is the largest community hospital and the second largest healthcare facility in Vermont. With a strong patient focus, consistent quality performance, nursing excellence and award-winning care, Rutland Regional remains dedicated to improving the health of families and individuals throughout Rutland County and beyond.

Rutland Regional has received many different honors and awards over the years, including: Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News & World Report and was the first hospital in Vermont to receive both the Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence and Magnet Recognition® for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovation. Learn more about our Quality & Awards>>>

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Media Contact: Peg Bolgioni, 802.772.2843 or pbolgioni@rrmc.org

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