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WINTER VOMITTING VIRUS - SOUTH GLASGOW UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS TRUST

November 24, 2003 4:04 PM

Three Wards at the Victoria Infirmary and 5 Wards at the Mansionhouse Unit are today closed to new admissions due to the Winter Vomiting Virus.  Nine patients at the Victoria Infirmary and 29 patients at the Mansionhouse Unit are currently showing symptoms.

As previously reported, a ward in the Victoria Infirmary was closed to new admissions on Tuesday 18 November and a second ward at the Victoria Infirmary and a ward at the Mansionhouse Unit were closed to new admissions on Thursday 20 November 2003.  A ward at the Victoria Infirmary and a ward at the Mansionhouse Unit were closed to new admissions over the weekend.  Three wards at the Mansionhouse Unit were closed to new admissions today.

A single ward at the Southern General Hospital was also closed to new admissions late on Sunday 23 November 2003.  Six patients are currently showing symptoms.

The normal extra infection control precautions have been put in place.

Dr Syed Ahmed, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, said "This is usually a self limiting illness with symptoms lasting from 24 – 48 hours.  The virus spreads easily through the air both in hospital and in the home.  We are aware that cases have been reported in the community at large."

"Staff in the hospitals have put in place all the relevant control measures to limit the spread of the illness."

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