By Democrat reporter

People suffering from diarrhoea or vomiting are being urged not to visit family and friends in hospital due to a rise in norovirus in the community.

The virus is becoming more prevalent across the whole of Scotland over the last few weeks which has resulted in an increased incidence in some of hospital wards.

We currently have two wards affected in the Langlands Unit on the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital campus which are not admitting new patients as a precautionary measure.  All appropriate infection control measures are in place.

Dr Linda de Caestecker, NHSGGC’s Director of Public Health said:  “Norovirus, sometimes known as the ‘winter vomiting bug’, is the most common stomach bug in the UK, affecting people of all ages.

“It is highly contagious and is transmitted by contact with contaminated surfaces, an infected person, or consumption of contaminated food or water.

“The symptoms of norovirus are very distinctive – people often report a sudden onset of nausea, followed by projectile vomiting and watery diarrhoea.

“Most people with norovirus will make a full recovery in 1-2 days. It is important to keep hydrated – especially children and the elderly.

“Good hand hygiene using soap and water is important to stop the spread of the virus.”



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