Ward at West Suffolk Hospital hit by norovirus reopens

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A ward at West Suffolk Hospital hit by the highly contagious norovirus has re-opened today.

Ward G5 is fully open after it closed to new admissions last Saturday when patients at the Bury St Edmunds hospital showed signs of the sickness bug.

Other wards G3 and G8 continue to be affected.

Nichole Day, executive chief nurse at the hospital, said: ““Norovirus is very infectious and every year there are cases in the community which transfer to the hospital. Because the virus has an incubation period of several days, people are often unaware that they are carrying it until after they have passed it on.

“We would advise anyone who has had diarrhoea or vomiting to stay away from the hospital for at least 72 hours after they have recovered, even if they feel better.

“Otherwise they run the risk of unknowingly passing the highly contagious illness on to

“Anyone who visits the hospital should be vigilant and take care to clean their hands.

“If they are visiting the affected ward, they should use soap and water when they arrive and before they leave as the alcohol gel is not effective against this virus.”