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Morecambe Bay warning over 'winter vomiting'
3:00pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
THE trust that runs hospitals across Morecambe Bay is urging local people to ‘on the lookout’ for symptoms of norovirus.
Norovirus, also called 'winter vomiting disease', usually occurs in winter, but begins in autumn.
Several wards at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust sites were closed to visitors last winter because of outbreaks of the illness.
Mary Moore, acting chief nurse for the trust, said: “It is likely that people in the Morecambe Bay communities will be affected by Norovirus during the coming winter – and we would ask people to follow our advice to minimise its effects on themselves, their families and other people.”
Norovirus, because of its highly contagious nature, can quickly spread through a hospital. A trust spokeswoman said the only way to combat it once it got into a hospital environment was to close wards to admissions, restrict visiting hours and wait for the outbreak to run its course.
“If someone suspects they have Norovirus they should ensure they do not visit hospitals, schools or care homes to reduce the risk of them passing it on to others,” said Sian Beard, matron for infection prevention.
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