Stomach flu cases sweep area
Hundreds of people treated at Valley's hospitals, clinics
By Yadira Betances firstname.lastname@example.org
The Eagle Tribune Thu Jan 19, 2012, 03:46 AM EST
Hundreds of people have visited emergency rooms at area hospitals and clinics over the past month with severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and fever.
Lawrence General Hospital had more than 200 cases in the past six weeks, followed by Holy Family Hospital in Methuen with 180 visits. In Haverhill, Merrimack Valley Hospital treated 120 patients with the Norovirus and Greater Lawrence Family Health Center in Lawrence reported 100 acute cases of gastroenteritis along with 20 staff members.
It was the same gastrointestinal virus or Norovirus - also commonly known as the stomach flu - that recently limited access to the 130-patient Sutton Hill Nursing Home in North Andover at 1801 Turnpike St.
Lawrence General Hospital officials said reported viral gastroenteritis increased significantly compared to the same time period last year.