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TMCNet:  Norovirus Outbreak

[February 14, 2013]

Norovirus Outbreak

Feb 14, 2013 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) -- Three wards at Noble's hospital, Wards 9, 20 and Grainagh Court have had a small number of patients and staff reporting symptoms - suggestive of norovirus infection. Norovirus has been confirmed in some of these cases.

Following, the closure of the three affected wards, they have been closed to all new admissions. Alternative arrangements have been put into place by the Mental Health service and Noble's and patient care will not be affected. Planned admissions and outpatient appointments will continue as normal.

Advice to the public: 1. Visiting restrictions are in place in the three affected wards. Please do not visit them unless essential (the restrictions will be lifted once the ward has been free of norovirus cases for 72 hours). Please co-operate with the staff in implementing these precautions; they are for your own safety and the safety of the patients.

2. If you have symptoms of vomiting and/or diarrhoea, please:DO NOT attend Accident & Emergency (A&E) at Noble's Hospital, Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) at Ramsey & District Cottage Hospital, your GP surgery or Manx Emergency Doctors (MED's). If you need medical advice, please contact your doctor by telephone.

3. Please wait for 48 hours after cessation of all your symptoms before returning to work or school, as you continue to shed the virus for 48 hours after you have completely recovered. Do not visit any hospitals or old people's homes during this period.

4. Please follow strict hygiene precautions if anyone at home has diarrhoea and/or vomiting. This includes scrupulous washing of hands, thorough cleaning of vomit using diluted bleach, cleaning toilet bowls with bleach.

Department of Health Address: Corporate Services Team Crookall House Demesne Road Douglas Post Code: IM1 3QA Telephone: 01624 685138 Fax: 01624 685008 Email Address: dh@gov.im ((M2 Communications disclaims all liability for information provided within M2 PressWIRE. Data supplied by named party/parties. Further information on M2 PressWIRE can be obtained at http://www.presswire.net on the world wide web. Inquiries to info@m2.com.

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