NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. - The highly-contagious norovirus may have surfaced at a second hospital in Metro Vancouver.
Officials at Vancouver General Hospital are monitoring for the disease after symptoms of the illness showed up in a ward and residential floor of the hospital.
Earlier, two wards of Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster were quarantined after at least 18 people were confirmed with cases of the virus, which causes flu-like symptoms, including vomiting and diarrhea.
The latest illness at RCH was diagnosed Tuesday, meaning the earliest the quarantine can be lifted is Jan. 4.
Fraser Health spokeswoman Tasleem Juma said 12 patients and six staff members have been affected, but the emergency room of the hospital remains open.
"We are still dealing with two floors that have been closed due to the virus. This is a measure in order to contain the spread of the virus. Patients are continuing to be discharged when they are ready to be sent home," Juma said.
To stop further spread of the norovirus, workers at the hospital are being extra careful.
"We are taking measures to enhance cleaning, to limit visitor hours, in and out access of rooms. We encourage visitors who do come to hospital to wash their hands," Juma said.
Anna-Marie DeAngelo of the Coastal Health Authority said at VGH, a containment protocol has been put in place in two areas of the hospital.
"This time of year, you see a lot more cases because norovirus is circulating a lot more in the community," she said.
DeAngelo is warning people to stay away from the hospital if they have the virus to prevent spreading it to vulnerable people in care. (CKNW,News1130)
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Fruits And Nuts
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Your favourite salad could carry a high risk of pathogens simply because of easy access points. Contaminated water, for example, could carry illnesses and bacteria.
Cucumbers And Tomatoes
Both these items carry a risk of food pathogens because of contaminated water or soil.
Beef can be contaminated with E. coli. In September, several stores <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/09/21/xl-foods-beef-recall_n_1904091.html?utm_hp_ref=xl-foods-recall">yanked XL Foods' beef products off shelves</a>. Iotron adds E. coli is often found in the large intestine of cattle.
Unpasteurized milk can cause types of infectious diseases. People with weak immune systems are at a higher risk of getting sick, according to Iotron.
Raw pork or contaminated pork can carry listeria bacteria and may pose a risk to pregnant women.
Fish And Shellfish
If seawater is contaminated, pathogens can end up in your fish.
This can start right from the farms: Eggs can be contaminated with salmonella, causing food salmonella poisoning and other illnesses.
Iotron adds that even though chickens can live unharmed with bacteria, the pathogens can be harmful when consumed by humans.
Peanut Butter And Granola Bars
Norovirus is the most common food pathogen found in some multi-ingredient items like granola bars and peanut butter. This is often the result of food handling by industry workers. Always <a href="http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/advisories-avis/index-eng.php">check out Health Canada's list of recalls and warnings to be safe. </a>