Severe flu cases closes hospital ward

A ward at Tauranga Hospital has been closed to new admissions after seven patients have been diagnosed with influenza.

Ward 2A, also known as the Kaupapa Ward, has been closed as a precautionary measure, says BOPDHB Infectious Diseases Specialist Dr Diane Hanfelt-Goade.

“The hospital's other usual infection control measures have put in place for incidents of this type.

“Visitors, especially those who have not been immunized, are advised to avoid Ward 2A.”

Diane says anyone who has flu-like symptoms (sore throat, fever or chills) should not go to work or school, or visit patients in hospital, due to the risk of infecting others.

“Our advice to the public is to be very vigilant about hand hygiene, including regular hand washing with soap and water or alcohol gel.

“If you are feeling unwell you should contact your GP.”


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