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Scottish hospital hit by winter bug outbreak

Thursday 26th April 2012
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An outbreak of a winter vomiting virus has forced the closure of two wards in the NHS Tayside controlled area.

The norovirus has meant that ward 19 at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee and ward six at Perth Royal Infirmary (PRI) have had to be shut as staff look to find the appropriate sterile services to help stop the spread of the disease, which has already affected several patients.

Officials at Ninewells Hospital have decided to take action in order to make sure that the virus does not spread and will not be accepting any new patients into the medicine ward of the PRI as a "precautionary measure".

Dr Michael Lockhart, infection control doctor, told STV: "We really need visitors' support to help us prevent the spread of norovirus in our wards."

It comes just a week after a similar outbreak was reported in Inverness where a deadly strain of clostridium difficile infection (C.diff) had been detected in three patients and forced the centre to be deep cleaned.

by Angela NewburyADNFCR-1780-ID-801350025-ADNFCR

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