Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown is experiencing an outbreak of norovirus. Credit: RGBstock
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown is experiencing an outbreak of norovirus, causing a high number of patients to become ill.
The hospital announced in a statement on Wednesday that it is hoping outsiders will put off any visits to the Charlestown campus in the hopes of preventing further infection.
"We currently are seeing several patients experiencing norovirus-like symptoms at Spaulding Charlestown. We are asking visitors to delay their visit," the statement reads. "Anyone who is experiencing nausea, vomiting and diarrhea should not come to Spaulding Charlestown until they have been cleared of symptoms for 72 hrs."
The spread of the virus is so significant that 22 out of 132 inpatients and three staff members have become infected since Tuesday afternoon, Boston.com reported Wednesday.
The symptoms of NLV infection include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramps, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Other symptoms can include headache, fever, and chills, and muscle aches. These symptoms usually begin one to two days after exposure to the virus and will last about one to two days in most people, with no long-term effects.