Hospital ward shut over suspected norovirus case

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A WARD at the Conquest Hospital has again been closed following an outbreak of a vomiting bug.

McDonald ward was shut to new admissions on Monday and is the second time in the last month it has had to be quarantined.

At the start of November the ward had one confirmed case of norovirus, known as the winter vomiting bug, after several patients displayed symptoms of the illness.

A hospital spokesman said this week’s closure had not as yet revealed any confirmed norovirus cases as the Observer went to press.

The hospital is urging people with symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting to stay at home, drink plenty of water and not visit friends or relatives in hospital until they are free of symptoms for at least 48 hours.

Failure to do this increases the risk of spreading the infection to patients and staff in hospital.

Norovirus is highly infectious and is the most common cause of infectious gastroenteritis in the UK.

The illness is generally mild and people usually recover fully within two to three days.