Visiting restrictions put in place after norovirus outbreak at N&N
16:33 04 April 2014
Visiting restrictions have been put in place at Norfolk’s biggest hospital following an outbreak of norovirus.
The highly contagious virus, which is also known as the winter vomiting bug, has affected wards at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
Visitors are asked to only visit the hospital if it is absolutely necessary, go to only one ward at a time, not bring in children aged under 12 years and not visit the hospital if they have had a stomach bug or been in close contact with someone who has over the previous three days.
People visiting the N&N have been urged to wash their hands with hot water and soap.
Dr Ngozi Elumogo, director of infection prevention and control, said: “It is that time of year where we see norovirus circulating in the community and our advice is to wash your hands as a matter of routine with hot, soapy water. Hand sanitisers and alcohol gel will work against some bacteria and flu viruses but they will not protect you against norovirus.
“To keep norovirus out of hospitals, it is important that people do not visit patients if they have been ill with a stomach bug in the previous three days or in close contact with someone who has had sickness or diarrhoea.”
Norovirus infection is the most common cause of vomiting and diarrhoea in the UK, affecting 600,000 to one million people every year. The symptoms are severe vomiting and or diarrhoea, but it is generally a short-lived illness from which the majority of people will recover in 12 to 60 hours without treatment other than resting and taking fluids to replace lost liquids.