Staff and patients at Durham V-A Medical
Center have been sickened by a highly contagious stomach virus
similar to one that affected two Greensboro hospitals last week.
Officials are asking all visitors, especially children, to stay
away if possible. The 274-bed veterans hospital is affiliated with
Duke University School of Medicine.
Officials were unable to provide an exact number of people
sickened by the virus.
Last week, doctors in Greensboro confirmed an outbreak of
norovirus, commonly called Norwalk or Norwalk-like virus. According
to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
noroviruses are generally not fatal.