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22 November 2019 00:31

Norovirus

Two hospital wards closed after outbreak of norovirus

As a result of these confirmed cases, Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has released advice on how people can help stop the spread of the infection. Dr Gayle Dolan, consultant in health protection for PHE NE, said: "Around 60 schools across the region are reporting absences due to symptoms of likely viral illness including influenza (flu) and norovirus. "We expect viral illnesses of this kind to circulate in schools and the community at this time of year and we have been providing advice to parents and schools to help reduce the spread of infection. "All children from two years old to the end of primary school are now eligible for a free NHS flu vaccine. "We are working with AstraZeneca and NHS England and Improvement to ensure that all eligible children get their flu vaccine as soon as possible," she said.

It comes as dozens of people have been suffering with Norovirus–like symptoms after attending a huge Lego event in Bristol at the weekend. DOZENS of people have been suffering with Norovirus–like symptoms after attending a huge Lego event in Bristol at the weekend. Nearly 4,000 people visited the Action Indoor Sports centre to celebrate Lego but after the event more than 40 attendees started experiencing sickness and diarrhoea. You are likely to have caught Norovirus if you experience a sudden sick feeling, projectile vomiting and watery diarrhoea. "Many of you will know that Bristol has recently seen multiple cases of Norovirus affecting schools, hospitals and other businesses in the area and the combination of that plus almost 4,000 people through our doors over the weekend seems to have contributed to an outbreak.

"There are Norovirus bugs going around this year a lot, and it could just be as simple as one or two people brought it with them without knowing and it spread. Action Indoor Sports centre told The Sun Online: "Further to reports of illness after an event held at the Bristol venue last weekend, we will cooperate fully with all concerned to understand the facts and naturally wish those affected a speedy recovery. LEIGHTON Hospital has closed two wards to admissions and visitors after a norovirus outbreak. Hospital bosses at the Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are urging residents showing any symptoms of the 'winter vomiting bug' to steer clear of hospitals or care homes. To help prevent the spread of tummy bugs such as norovirus, we're being advised to maintain good hygiene - including washing hands properly.

Two hospital wards have been closed to new admissions because of an outbreak of norovirus. A small number of patients at Crewe's Leighton Hospital are today being treated for the stomach bug which causes sickness and diarrhoea. Anita Swaine, head of nursing for infection prevention and control at Mid Cheshire Hospitals, said: "For most people, norovirus is an unpleasant illness that takes a day or two to recover from. "We're asking the public to help control the spread of infection by thinking carefully before visiting their friends and relatives in settings such as care homes and hospitals. "We recommend that people do not visit if they have felt or are feeling unwell with diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting or have had flu or a fever over the past 48 hours.

"If your friend or relative is in hospital and has any norovirus symptoms or is on a ward that is closed, we ask that you do not visit unless absolutely necessary and that you do not bring any children under the age of 12.