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Norovirus outbreak at Royal Berkshire Hospital contained

Strict hand hygiene rules remain in place

Jane Meredith

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A Norovirus outbreak yesterday (Tues) at the Royal Berkshire Hospital has since been contained. 

The highly infectious virus causes sickness and diarrhoea and symptoms typically last for up to two or three days.

A spokeswoman for the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, Jo Warrier, today (Wednesday) issued the following statement:

"The trust believes that the Norovirus infection reported yesterday is being contained and is stepping down from the outbreak status.

However, it continues to ask members of the public visiting patients in the hospital, to observe strict hand hygiene and to not come into the hospital if they have had diarrhoea and/or vomiting within the past 48 hours."

No operations had been cancelled, due to the outbreak.

Anyone suffering from Norovirus should not visit the hospital until clear of symptoms for 48 hours, to prevent further spread of the virus among patients and staff.

The best treatment is rest and drinking plenty of fluids, to avoid dehydration. 

To avoid the spread of Norovirus, wash hands regularly.

All visitors to the hospital will be asked to wash their hands before seeing patients and entering wards.

Alcohol rub gels are ineffective at removing the virus from hands, according to the hospital trust.

For further information visit www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk.

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