Ward closed at West Suffolk Hospital after second norovirus outbreak in a fortnight

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A ward at West Suffolk Hospital has been closed after an outbreak of norovirus.

Ward G3 was closed to new admissions on Monday after patients showed symptoms of the highly contagious diarrhoea and vomiting virus.

It follows an outbreak last week which saw ward F10 close on Saturday, February 21 and reopen on Friday, February 27.

Anyone visiting has been urged to take extra care to wash their hands with soap and water both on arrival and when leaving the ward, while anyone who has shown symptoms of the virus has been asked to stay away.

Nichole Day, executive chief nurse at West Suffolk 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 a few 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 someone who is already sick.

“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.”