Australia Gastro outbreak at Concord Hospital prompts closure of three wards

10:30  08 august  2018
10:30  08 august  2018 Source:   smh.com.au

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An outbreak of several suspected cases of winter vomiting disease, or norovirus, has prompted the closure of a ward at Dundee's Royal Victoria Hospital . 5 November 2012. Norovirus sees NHS Tayside close three hospital wards .

An outbreak of flu has left 60 patients ill and forced the closure of two wards at Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge. Two wards are shut and three others have bays that are affected, a hospital spokesman said.

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A spokeswoman for Sydney Local Health District said the wards "have been closed to further admissions as a precaution after 10 patients became symptomatic with vomiting and diarrhoea".

"The patients have been relocated to single rooms and are undergoing testing fornorovirus."

Up to two patients initially presented with gastroenteritis symptoms on Sunday night and were isolated, testing positive for norovirus, the spokeswoman said.

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Calvary Public Hospital is trying to contain a current gastro outbreak in two wards at the hospital . The chief health officer has been notified about the norovirus outbreak which comes after a similar incident on June 17.

SA health authorities have closed an Adelaide hospital paediatric ward after 14 children and three staff fell ill with gastroenteritis. "The hospital has put in infection control measures to deal with the outbreak ."

On Monday, eight more patients came down with the symptoms. The decision to close the wards came on Tuesday morning.

Norovirus is highly contagious and a leading cause of gastroenteritis.

It is spread from the vomit or faeces of an infected person through direct contact, person-to-person contact, contaminated food and objects, and airborne particles when vomiting occurs. Outbreaks are more common in winter.

While the illness is usually mild, it can be more severe in older people, or people with underlying medical conditions.

Good hand hygiene – meaning washing hands thoroughly using soap and running water for atleast 10 seconds before drying with a clean towel – is key to preventing its spread.

Staff at Concord Hospital are taking additional precautions to minimise the risk of the virus spreading, the spokeswoman said.

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