Norovirus causing problems all over B.C.

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A new strain of Norovirus is continuing to cause problems across B.C. In the Lower Mainland it has now reached Eagleridge Hospital in Port Moody after closing wards at Royal Columbian and Vancouver General hospitals. The stomach illness caused a quarantine to be put in place at the ridgeview lodge care facility here in Kamloops last week. While officials say it is a mild disease ,and usually those infected are only sick for a day or two, it is extremely infectious. Fraser Health's Dr Paul Van Buynder says more ward closures are likely. Van Buynder says frequent hand washing is the strongest defense against the illness. Authorities recommend if you do find yourself sick with Norovirus to stay home for 72 hours after you start to feel better because you could still spread the illness for up to 3 days.

Hand held cell phone driving ban three years later

Drivers haven't been allowed to use a hand held cell phone while at the wheel for three years in this province. But some still do it. B.C.'s Superintendent of Motor Vehicles Steve Martin says police are still issuing slightly more tickets than they did three years ago. And he calls crash statistics inconclusive. But Martin says despite that the laws still serves a purpose. Numbers from ICBC show fatal crashes involving distracted driving went down slightly in 2011.

Mild earthquake off the coast

A mild earthquake was recorded off the coast of Vancouver Island Sunday night. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude 4.4 quake happened just after 7:30. It was centered 200 kilometres west of Tofino. The U.S. report says it was not strong enough to generate a tsunami or cause any damage.  It came one day after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of southeastern Alaska and was felt by some residents of Haida Gwaii, although that incident also did not cause any damage.

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