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Isle of Wight hospital hit by norovirus

Thursday 29th March 2012
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An outbreak of a norovirus has hit a hospital on the Isle of Wight, causing concern for health workers.

The area's NHS service confirmed that there had been six cases of the virus, commonly known as the winter vomiting bug, at the island's St Mary's Hospital, and now doctors are attempting to contain it.

It is the second case of a norovirus outbreak in a matter of days as a similar incident was reported in a hospital in Peterborough, forcing the postponement of numerous operations.

Staff will now look into sterile services available to prevent the spread of the virus to other parts of the hospital. It was first discovered at the hospital's Medical Assessment Unit.

In a statement, published by the Isle of Wight County Press, chief nurse Carol Alstrom said: "Viral gastroenteritis is highly infectious. I would strongly encourage parents to not bring young children in to the hospital to visit friends and family at this time."

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