Ward shut in bid to con­tain virus

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Health Alerts -

Six pa­tients at the Wil­liam Har­vey Hos­pi­tal have con­tracted the norovirus.

The out­break forced staff to close one ward at the Ash­ford hos­pi­tal in a bid to stop the dis­ease in­fect­ing oth­ers and vis­i­tors.

Last week, there were five re­ported cases of the di­ar­rhoea and vom­it­ing stom­ach bug, also know as the “win­ter vom­it­ing bug”.

By this Mon­day, the num­ber had risen to six.

A spokesman for East Kent Hospi­tals Trust, which runs the Wil­liam Har­vey, said it was their first out­break this win­ter.

She said: “We can con­firm that a ward is closed to new ad­mis­sions at the Wil­liam Har­vey Hos­pi­tal due to norovirus.

“As soon as the first symp­to­matic pa­tients were sus­pected of hav­ing norovirus, the Trust set in place es­tab­lished and rig­or­ous in­fec­tion con­trol proce- dures to con­tain the virus and pre­vent it spread­ing.

“The ward will re­main closed to ad­mis­sions un­til the In­fec­tion Preven­tion and Con­trol Team ad­vises that it can be re-opened.”

It is un­der­stood the Cam- bridge Ward is the one that is af­fected but the spokesman re­fused to con­firm this.

They added how­ever that no other wards have been af­fected and that they “con­tinue to mon­i­tor and re­view the sit­u­a­tion”.

Norovirus is the most com­mon cause of gas­troen­teri­tis in the UK. It can af­fect peo­ple of any age and is more preva­lent in the win­ter.

It is highly con­ta­gious and can be con­tracted through con­tact with peo­ple who have it, touch­ing un­washed ob­jects or through raw or un­der cooked foods.

Pa­tients at the Wil­liam Har­vey Hos­pi­tal have con­tracted norovirus

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