An outbreak of acute gastrointestinal infection that has sickened some 252 hospital employees at the Hospital of Bellvitge is likely due to norovirus, according to The Public Health Agency of Catalonia via an El Espanol report (computer translated).
Health officials report all of the cases were considered mild and despite the high number of cases, it didn’t affect the operations of the hospital.
Two of the patients were confirmed to have norovirus, thus health officials believe this is the etiology of the outbreak. The preliminary investigation reveals the source of the infection is snacks served in the cafeteria.
Norovirus is a highly contagious viral illness that often goes by other names, such as viral gastroenteritis, stomach flu, and food poisoning.