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Norovirus closes a ward at Royal Cornwall Hospital

Norovirus closes a ward at Royal Cornwall Hospital

Published by Emma Carton at 5:26pm 1st November 2019. (Updated at 5:32pm 1st November 2019)

A ward has been closed at Cornwall's main hospital, because of norovirus.

Treliske has reported several cases of the winter vomiting bug.

Bosses say several staff have gone down with it as well.

They are urging anyone showing any symptoms to steer well clear.

It comes after a string of visitors, including children, fell ill after an outbreak at Mullion Holiday Park.

What is norovirus?

Norovirus - which lays people low with unpleasant symptoms such as sickness, diarrhoea, stomach cramps, a temperature, headache and aching limbs - is highly contagious and while there is no specific treatment, most people make a full recovery within two to three days. 

Some people, usually the very young or elderly, may become dehydrated and require hospital treatment.

It can cause problems in hospitals and care homes if brought in by visitors. 

Once on the wards, the bug can lead to cancelled operations, delay recovery and prevent other people from being admitted. 

Anyone who has, or is recovering from norovirus, should visiting hospitals, GP surgeries, care homes, the workplace, schools, and pharmacies, if they are able manage the symptoms themselves.

NHS Kernow has issued the following advice, warning that it only takes 20 particles of the virus to cause an infection.

"There is one ward ward closed at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske, and four members of staff and are not in work as a result of picking up the nasty bug.

"Norovirus can survive on surfaces for weeks, even months. When someone vomits that will release many millions of particles of the virus but only 20 are needed to cause an infection, so it's really easy to catch and it's really easy to contaminate an environment. This makes it really easy to spread.

"There are lots of different types of noroviruses so if you have had it once there is no guarantee that you won't get it again, and you can quite easily catch it again in a couple of months.

"The virus enters your body through the mouth, and washing your hands with soap and hot water after using the loo, and before you eat food are the two most important things you can do to prevent catching it. Alcohol gel does not kill this virus.

"If you do catch it, or someone in your household has got it, please stay away from others; use separate towels and a separate loo if you if you have got one, and don't cook for others if you can avoid it. You might feel dreadful but don't go out in public until you are free of symptoms for at least two days. 

"Stay in your home, keep warm, drink plenty of fluids, and take paracetamol for the aches and pains. Phone your GP or NHS 111 if your symptoms worsen, or have not improved within a couple of days.

"If someone is sick, clean the mess carefully, including the toilet, flush and door handles, and taps, to reduce the risk of spreading the virus to others".

Infection Control Nurse, Lisa Johnson

You can read more advice from the NHS here or watch more about how to spot the signs...

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