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Possible norovirus count still at 18 at KU Hospital’s Marillac Campus

The University of Kansas Hospital’s Marillac Campus has stopped taking new patients until the outbreak of gastrointestinal illness there is resolved.
The University of Kansas Hospital’s Marillac Campus has stopped taking new patients until the outbreak of gastrointestinal illness there is resolved. KansasCity

No new cases of gastrointestinal illness occurred Friday at the University of Kansas Hospital’s Marillac Campus, where the hospital reported 18 cases Thursday.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment advised the 52-bed inpatient facility to treat the illness as norovirus, pending laboratory test results. Dennis McCullough, KU Hospital’s director of public relations, said Friday the hospital was awaiting tests results from the state health department and from an independent lab.

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McCullough said it became apparent Thursday morning that the illness was not a couple of isolated cases, and eventually 10 patients and eight staff members had it.

Marillac provides pediatric behavioral health services, and its outpatient treatment center has a separate staff and building. KU operates the hospital site for Marillac clients who need hospitalization and become inpatients.

The hospital has stopped taking new patients until the situation is resolved. Bleach cleaning operations at the hospital site began when the symptoms appeared, and McCullough said cleaning continued Friday with techniques that reach the tiniest spaces.

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