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Norovirus outbreak hits Harrogate District Hospital

Harrogate District Hospital

Published by May Norman at 7:28am 7th December 2018.

Harrogate District Hospital hit by the winter vomiting bug

  • Byland Ward is affected by Norovirus and has been closed
  • Two other wards have been hit with the winter vomiting bug
  • Hospital bosses urging people with symptoms of the illness not to visit
  • Symptoms include diarrhoea and vomiting

An outbreaks of norovirus is affecting several wards at Harrogate District Hospital.

The Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust has confirmed to Stray FM, one ward, the Byland Ward, at the hospital is closed and several bays on another two wards have been hit by the winter vomiting bug.

Norovirus is a stomach bug which causes diarrhoea and vomiting.

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Director of Infection, Prevention and Control at Harrogate Hospital, Dr Jenny Child said:

"Norovirus is one of the UK’s most common stomach bugs, and is often called the ‘winter vomiting bug’ because it was more common in winter, but people could catch it at any time of the year.

"It is extremely infectious and spreads very easily in public places, such as nursing homes and schools, and it is usually brought into hospital by visitors once it becomes prevalent in the community.

"The issue is that, given how fast it spreads, we often have to close whole areas; this at a time when the whole system is already under unsustainable pressure."

Medical staff are now urging people not to visit unless absolutely necessary if they have any symptoms of the highly contagious illness. Those who have suffered from norovirus need to be sympton free for 48 hours before visiting.

What is norovirus?

Norovirus is the most common cause of gastroenteritis.

The bug is common in winter – and places with high concentrations of vulnerable people, such as children, older people and patients, are especially susceptible.

What are the symptoms?

Norovirus often causes violent diarrhoea and vomiting which in turn causes dehydration.

It can be accompanied by a raised temperature, aching limbs and a headache.

The symptoms are highly unpleasant but only usually last a few hours.

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