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Norovirus found at Waco VA Hospital postpones July 4th BBQ

WACO, TX (KXXV) - The virus that's hit multiple cruise lines was found at the Waco VA hospital, causing them to postpone its July 4th BBQ.

Two confirmed cases have been confirmed and 41 people have shown symptoms of the norovirus since late June at the Waco Veterans Affairs Hospital. Since then, the hospital has stopped admitting new patients and restricted access throughout the facility. Doctors are restricted to one building and families are asked not to visit their loved ones in the hospital.

The hospital says red flags were raised once they saw the symptoms. 

"Once that happened then our infectious disease team went out and searched and found that we did have a problem and so once that took place then we put the action items in place," Waco VA spokesperson Bobby Zimmerman said. 

The virus is extremely contagious and the symptoms are nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. To learn more about the norovirus, click here

The hospital is also asking families not to visit their loved ones in the hospital. They've also "ramped up" the cleaning process inside facilities and urged patients and faculty to properly wash their hands. 

VA officials say these restrictions are still in place at the hospital. So in order to prevent the virus from spreading into the community, the VA has postponed its July 4 BBQ. That's a gathering inside a building auditorium to celebrate Independence Day with brisket and hot dogs. Volunteers also bring the food to bed-ridden patients. 

"We had just one case today and we're thinking that might be reoccurring. We're waiting on lab results to make sure there's no symptoms after 48 hours," Zimmerman said. 

Zimmerman says they still plan on having the BBQ, but it may not be until the week after July 4. 
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