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Increased Incidence of Norovirus at GRI

January 18, 2010 4:55 PM

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Four wards at Glasgow Royal Infirmary are not admitting new patients due to an increased incidence of diarrhoea and vomiting (Norovirus).

All of the wards affected are medical wards and a total of 14 patients across the four wards are showing symptoms of the virus.

Tom Walsh, Infection Control Manager, said: “Norovirus is particularly prevalent during the winter and it’s not unusual to see this type of infection in the community and also in healthcare settings.

“We will continue to monitor this situation closely and strict infection control measures are in place.

“We are also urging any visitors who have experienced any symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting within the last forty-eight hours not to visit the hospital.

“It is important to remember that this virus is extremely common in the wider community and therefore we would like to remind hospital visitors of the importance of hand hygiene when entering and leaving hospital premises.”

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For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected].

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