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Norovirus and flu command attention of isle health officials

By Marcie Kagawa

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 12, 2013

~~<p>The flu is hitting hard on the mainland this season, but the state Department of Health is more concerned about noro&shy;virus in the islands.</p>
<p>State Epidemiologist Sarah Park said about six clustered outbreaks of norovirus, a major cause of gastrointestinal illness some refer to as &quot;stomach flu,&quot; have been reported since early last month, mostly on Oahu in long-term care facilities. Tests indicate that outbreaks are not related and several are still active.</p>
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The flu is hitting hard on the mainland this season, but the state Department of Health is more concerned about noro­virus in the islands.

State Epidemiologist Sarah Park said about six clustered outbreaks of norovirus, a major cause of gastrointestinal illness some refer to as "stomach flu," have been reported since early last month, mostly on Oahu in long-term care facilities. Tests indicate that outbreaks are not related and several are still active. Login for more...



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