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    Posted: April 08 2018 at 1:05pm

Two Dundee hospitals close wards due to norovirus outbreak at Ninewells Hospital and Royal Victoria Hospital

Wards are shut to visitors and new patients at two hospitals in the city to prevent the virus from spreading

Updated: 8th April 2018, 3:55pm

Ward six at Ninewells Hospital and ward eight at Royal Victoria Hospital are shut to new admissions to prevent the virus, which causes vomiting and diarrhoea, from spreading.

NHS Tayside said on Facebook: “Wards closed to new admissions Ward 6 at Ninewells Hospital and ward 8 at Royal Victoria Hospital have been closed to new admissions following several cases of vomiting and diarrhoea.

“The wards have been closed to new patients as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the virus and all appropriate infection control and prevention measures have been put in place.

“To help us minimise the spread of these bugs, we ask people who may be feeling unwell or experiencing vomiting and diarrhoea not to visit their friends and family members who are in hospital.

“We would urge them to stay away until at least 48 hours after they are free of all symptoms."

Last week a group of nearly 50 schoolkids were struck down with illness on a trip to the US.

The pupils were hospitalised after arriving in Washington DC on Sunday over fears they caught a highly contagious norovirus.


NHS Choices explain what Norovirus is and how you can catch it.

Norovirus, which causes diarrhoea and vomiting, is one of the most common stomach bugs in the UK. 

You’re likely to have norovirus if you experience:

  • suddenly feeling sick
  • projectile vomiting
  • watery diarrhoea

Some people also have a slight fever, headaches, painful stomach cramps and aching limbs.

The symptoms appear one to two days after you become infected and typically last for up to 2 or 3 days.

Norovirus spreads very easily in public places such as hospitals, nursing homes and schools.

You can catch it if small particles of vomit or poo from an infected person get into your mouth, such as through:

  • close contact with someone with norovirus – they may breathe out small particles containing the virus that you could inhale
  • touching contaminated surfaces or objects – the virus can survive outside the body for several days
  • eating contaminated food – this can happen if an infected person doesn’t wash their hands before handling food

A person with norovirus is most infectious from when their symptoms start until 48 hours after all their symptoms have passed, although they may also be infectious for a short time before and after this.

You can get norovirus more than once because the virus is always changing, so your body is unable to build up long-term resistance to it.


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