"We're working really hard to contain it to that area," said Anya Nimmon, spokeswoman for the Vancouver Island Health Authority.
"We're restricting visits to floor five except for compassionate reasons."The hospital is cleaning the area with a bleach solution to kill the virus, which causes nausea, cramping, chills and fever, including vomiting and diarrhea."It's highly contagious so it's important to restrict patients and visitors as much as possible to keep it contained," Nimmon
said. The outbreak began more than a week ago and the symptoms associated with the virus are starting to subside."You can't declare an outbreak like this over until 96 hours past the last symptom," Nimmon
said.Nanaimo had two of the central Island's five reported Norwalk outbreaks, the second at Nanaimo Seniors Village.A few residents showed symptoms of the virus and are being monitored, but no quarantine was issued.The remaining three outbreaks were at facilities in Duncan, said Nimmon
said staffing levels at the hospital haven't been affected too badly as the five staff members that had symptoms did not have them at the same time."There's no question that when you have an outbreak it will affect staffing, but we've been able to manage so far," Nimmon
said.The Norwalk virus is out in the community and people have come to the emergency room with it, she