Sick festival-goer positive for norovirus

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ONE of the 15 people from the Rhythm and Vines festival admitted to Gisborne Hospital with vomiting and diarrhoea on New Year’s Eve has returned a positive result for norovirus.

A Hauora Tairawhiti spokeswoman said staff took one faecal sample from the 15 people admitted.

“The test results from that one sample have been returned and is positive for norovirus. Therefore we can say that one of the people admitted had norovirus. We can’t say what was the cause of the vomiting and diarrhoea in the other people.”

ONE of the 15 people from the Rhythm and Vines festival admitted to Gisborne Hospital with vomiting and diarrhoea on New Year’s Eve has returned a positive result for norovirus.

A Hauora Tairawhiti spokeswoman said staff took one faecal sample from the 15 people admitted.

“The test results from that one sample have been returned and is positive for norovirus. Therefore we can say that one of the people admitted had norovirus. We can’t say what was the cause of the vomiting and diarrhoea in the other people.”

What is norovirus?

The contagious norovirus can tear through cruise ships, classrooms, and other crowded spaces, leaving vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps in its wake.

It spreads easily through food and drink and can have a big impact on people's health.

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