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West Suffolk: Norovirus-hit ward at West Suffolk Hospital to reopen today

PUBLISHED: 14:24 27 February 2014 | UPDATED: 15:57 27 February 2014

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One of the West Suffolk Hospital wards closed after an outbreak of the norovirus is expected to re-open today.

Both G5 and G3 wards were closed on Wednesday after the hospital said 21 patients had shown symptoms of the highly contagious diarrhoea and vomiting bug.

Today a spokeswoman said although there are still five affected patients on G3 and a further three in a closed bay on G8, G5 was set to reopen. She added that the situation was being monitored regularly and could change throughout the day.

Nichole Day, executive chief nurse at West Suffolk Hospital, said: “Norovirus is very infectious and every year there are cases in the community which transfer to the hospital. Because the virus has an incubation period of several days, people are often unaware that they are carrying it until after they have passed it on.

“We would advise anyone who has had diarrhoea or vomiting to stay away from the hospital for at least 72 hours after they have recovered, even if they feel better. Otherwise they run the risk of unknowingly passing the highly contagious illness on.”

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