Suspected norovirus strike at Rhythm and Vines

  • Updated
  • 01/01/2018

Thirteen people have been discharged from Gisborne Hospital, after presenting with norovirus-like symptom at the East Coast’s Rhythm and Vines festival. Three concert-goers remain in hospital, and at least one will remain there overnight. 

St Johns had a medical tent set up at the festival site, which treats sick and injured concert-goers.

However, people presenting with norovirus-like symptoms need to be isolated to prevent the spread of the virus, said Tairāwhiti District Health’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr Bruce Duncan.

“Fifteen young people were transported to Gisborne Hospital where an isolation ward has been set up. The priority is avoiding an outbreak. Norovirus has not been confirmed, but it remains a possibility.

“With thousands of people in close proximity, it was a priority to do all we can to prevent a mass outbreak. At this stage, this appears to have been successful.”

As the festival wraps up today, drivers are being breath-tested, and car occupants asked if they are experiencing any norovirus symptoms. Symptoms usually last one to three days.

The best way to prevent catching the virus is to avoid contact with sufferers, and wash and dry hands thoroughly.