35 people sickened by norovirus at Phoenix VA hospital

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Officials at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital say 35 people have been sickened by the norovirus but all except three have made a full recovery.

They announced Tuesday that laboratory test results confirmed the presence of the norovirus at the Phoenix VA Health Care System.

Officials say 16 patients and 19 staff from the two inpatient mental health units are believed to have become ill with the norovirus, which a common stomach virus.

To prevent the virus from spreading further, the hospital ceased admissions, limited patient access and cancelled group activities.

Officials say veterans who needed inpatient care were transferred to community providers or other VA facilities.

Hospital officials began taking steps to stop further transmission to as soon as patients and staff began displaying symptoms consistent with the norovirus.

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