Illness at Overland Park medical facility treated as norovirus; cleaning procedure underway

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Another possible norovirus outbreak is being investigated in Overland Park. This time it’s at a medical facility for children for treatment of mental illness and behavioral problems.

There are up to 10 patients, and eight staff members at the University of Kansas Hospital`s Marillac Campus who have reported symptoms including nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, which are consistent with the virus, but there is no confirmation of that yet.

Still, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has advised the hospital to treat it as such. That means the staff began bleach cleaning on Thursday night and brought in outside cleaning experts to help. Infection control procedures, including constant cleaning and hand sanitizing, are also in action.

And one final step of protection -- hospital officials issued a statement that said in part, “The Marillac Campus also will not accept additional inpatients until the situation is resolved.”

This is the third recent report of a possible norovirus outbreak in Overland Park, following reports at the New Theatre restaurant and a Buffalo Wild Wings. Lab results released on Friday, Feb. 5, confirmed one case of norovirus at Buffalo Wild Wings, 7030 W 105th Street.