All clear on ward that was closed for vomiting bug

PUBLISHED: 09:52 23 January 2008 | UPDATED: 22:18 26 October 2009

A WARD at the QE2 Hospital which had closed its doors due to the winter vomiting bug has reopened to new admissions. The 29-bed ward stopped taking in new patients on January 9 following several suspected cases of gastroenteritis caused by the Norovirus.

A WARD at the QE2 Hospital which had closed its doors due to the winter vomiting bug has reopened to new admissions.

The 29-bed ward stopped taking in new patients on January 9 following several suspected cases of gastroenteritis caused by the Norovirus.

The move was a precautionary measure to prevent the infection spreading elsewhere in the hospital.

Last Wednesday a hospital spokesman told the WHT everything was back to normal at the ward.

Noel Scanlon, director of infection prevention and control at the East and North Herts NHS Trust, had earlier said new patients would not be admitted until 48 hours after the last confirmed patient had recovered from the infection.

l Norovirus is a common virus that causes infections which are most prevalent at this time of year.

Typically they cause severe vomiting and diarrhoea for a short period, usually over one to two days.

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