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Nenagh Hospital Has Outbreak Of Winter Vomiting Virus

Nenagh HospitalVisitor admissions have been severely restricted at Nenagh General Hospital, Co.Tipperary following an outbreak of the Winter Vomiting Virus.

All persons wishing to visit are asked to contact hospital staff before entering any of the wards.

We understand that at least five cases of the virus have been confirmed.

The Norovirus usually lasts only two to three days, however it is highly infectious and can be considered extremely unpleasant, as symptoms include projectile vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain.
Outbreaks of norovirus infection often occur in closed or semi-closed communities, such as long-term care facilities, overnight camps, hospitals, prisons, dormitories, and cruise ships etc where the infection spreads very rapidly.

The illness is highly infectious and can be spread by:
-Direct contact with vomit or diarrhoea.
-From someone who is ill, especially if personal hygiene is not good.
-From the air around someone who has just vomited.
-From contaminated food.

Anyone affected should drink plenty of fluids and maintain strict hygiene levels.

Infection control measures are now firmly in place at Nenagh Hospital.

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