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Update on Norovirus Outbreak at the Hilton Glasgow

July 22, 2010 4:23 PM

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The Outbreak Control Team today confirmed that there had been no new cases showing symptoms of Norovirus in the last 24 hours and there are no guests staying at the Hilton Glasgow with symptoms.

Since the onset of the outbreak on Wednesday 14th July the total number of cases who have experienced symptoms has been 80 guests and 27 members of staff.

Chair of the Outbreak Control Team, Dr Gillian Penrice, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Public Health Consultant, said: “The number of cases is now decreasing rapidly which is consistent with this type of outbreak.

“We will continue to monitor the situation very closely and our advice to guests and staff in the hotel is to continue to follow the 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.

“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.”

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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