Norovirus confirmed at Boise VA, quarantine continues

Norovirus confirmed at Boise VA, quarantine continues

Norovirus confirmed at Boise VA, quarantine continues

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by KTVB.COM

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Posted on March 13, 2014 at 9:48 PM

BOISE -- The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Boise says an extended care facility is still under quarantine after several people got sick.

A state lab confirmed the illness affecting people at the VA Hospital's Community Living Center is norovirus.

Grant Ragsdale, Associate Director of the VA Hospital, says 9 people have now contracted the illness.

Someone started showing symptoms of norovirus Wednesday afternoon, so the quarantine will continue. It could be lifted as early as Saturday if no one else gets sick.

Symptoms of norovirus include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pain and cramps. In some cases, victims also suffer fever, chills, headache, weight loss and fatigue.

The illness is isolated to the Community Living Center and Ragsdale says people there first started getting sick on March 7.

Visitors are asked to not come to the Community Living Center unless it's critical until the quarantine is lifted.

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