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Friday, March 2, 2012

Nasty norovirus popping up around Maui

Via Maui News :

" A nasty virus causing nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pain has flared up all over Maui, a state heath official said last week.

Symptoms of the stomach germ, or norovirus, have been seen at small elderly care homes and in the emergency room and in preschool- and early-elementary-school-aged children, said Dr. Lorrin Pang, Maui District health officer, who added that the state Health Department has been fielding public queries as well.

"This thing has flared up in the last month," Pang said. "It kind of peaks around the cooler months. This last month has been a lot more than last year or the year before."

Pang said that no cases have been reported on Molokai and Lanai, but on Maui there appears to be about twice as many cases and reported outbreaks this year than last year. His assessment is anecdotal because the Health Department doesn't have lab confirmation of suspected cases and sometimes symptoms of the virus are atypical, especially in children.

Reports of the norovirus have been coming in to the Health Department since mid-January from all over the island, with nurses reporting suspected cases in Kihei, Lahaina and Central Maui, said Pang."

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