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UPDATE (3:26 p.m., 3/6) - A spokesperson from Spaulding says the virus is now affecting 27 patients and eight staff members; however, they add that the symptoms for patients with norovirus are easing quickly, and that they have implemented "all appropriate infection control measures." They are still asking visitors to delay coming to the hospital as a precaution, but they are providing inpatient and outpatient care.
(NECN: Alysha Palumbo, Boston) - More than two dozen people have contracted a highly contagious stomach virus at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, a hospital spokesperson confirmed.
According to Spaulding, there have been 25 cases of norovirus affecting 22 patients and three staff members since Tuesday afternoon.
Spaulding officials say they are following protocol and informing those who have visited recently, and are asking people to delay their visits.
The virus causes severe diarrhea, gastrointestinal cramps and nausea, and it's usually short-lived. The hospital is asking anyone experiencing these symptoms to wait 72 hours and stay home to be clear of the virus before returning to their normal activities.