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Update on Norovirus Outbreak at Glasgow Hotel

July 20, 2010 3:52 PM

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Tests today confirmed that the recent outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting at the Hilton Hotel is Norovirus.

Two new cases have shown symptoms in the last 24 hours. However, there are no symptomatic cases staying in the hotel.

Following investigations by the Outbreak Control Team, the total number of cases who have experienced symptoms since the onset of the outbreak last Wednesday is 63 guests and 20 members of staff.

Chair of the Outbreak Control Team, Dr Anne Scoular, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Public Health Consultant, said: “Laboratory tests have now confirmed that this is a Norovirus outbreak.

“We will continue to monitor the situation very closely but are seeing the number of cases decrease rapidly which is the norm with an outbreak of this type.

“Our advice to guests and staff in the hotel is to continue to follow strict hygiene rules including regular hand washing. Anyone who has either stayed or worked at the hotel or used its facilities and is experiencing either diarrhoea and/or vomiting and a fever to contact NHS24 on 0845 4 242424.

“A management plan has been implemented within the hotel to allow it to operate and once again I would like to thank staff at the Hilton for their excellent help and cooperation with us.

“Norovirus infection is a common viral illness present throughout the community and can spread rapidly in areas with a high concentration of people such as hotels, cruise ships, hospitals and schools.”

The outbreak control team will meet again on Thursday after which an updated media statement will be issued.

ENDS

Notes to editors

The outbreak control team includes representation from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC), Health Protection Scotland and Glasgow City Council’s Environmental Health Department.

Issued by NHSGGC Press Office on 0141 201 4429.

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