Monday, March 17, 2014

Boise VA Could Lift Quarantine Later Today

Posted By on Mon, Mar 17, 2014 at 9:55 AM

It has been two weeks since a viral outbreak was first detected in a wing of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Boise. Patients and staff at the VA's Community Living Center—a building next to the main, three-story hospital—started experiencing vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramping, and the VA later confirmed that the illnesses were linked to a norovirus.

Caregivers in the quarantined area have been required to wear a gown, gloves, mask and shoe covers.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say about 20 million Americans are infected by norovirus-related illnesses each year, with a large concentration of outbreaks in assisted living and daycare facilities.

Following a new round of lab tests, Boise VA officials say they may be able to re-open the quarantined wing as early as Monday afternoon.


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