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Northern Ireland hospitals hit by winter vomiting bug

Thursday 12th April 2012
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A winter vomiting bug outbreak has led to a Northern Ireland hospital closing a ward to contain the spread of the disease.

Staff at Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry are looking into a number of sterile services in a bid to prevent the norovirus affecting any more patients

The problem has also hit Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital where a small number of people were struck with vomiting and diarrhoea.

According to NHS figures, between 600,000 and one million people are affected by a norovirus each year and many health authorities are working hard to prevent further outbreaks.

Elaine Way, Western Trust chief executive, said: "Diarrhoea and vomiting is easily spread in closed environments and the decision was taken to close one ward to admissions as part of infection control measures."

Altnagelvin has closed its doors to any new admissions at a time when health centres across the country are under increased strain.

by Martin LambertADNFCR-1780-ID-801338293-ADNFCR

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