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Norwalk virus - 'Cruise ship' illness challenging and costly to hospitals, too

A review of measures taken to address a 2004 outbreak of the highly infectious Norwalk virus at the Johns Hopkins Hospital has provided the first solid documentation of expenses and efforts in the United States to stop the infection from spreading among patients, staff and visitors. Total hospital costs for the three-month outbreak -- including extra cleaning supplies, staff sick leave, diagnostic tests, replacement staff, and salaries and lost revenue from closed beds -- were estimated at more than $650,000.


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