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University Health Board asks for sick visitors to stay away

Doctors at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB) have issued a fresh warning to stay away from hospitals if you show signs of the winter vomiting bug.

Some wards are still closed to visitor admissions in order to contain the spread of the bug. The closure stands unless exceptional circumstances arise.

Dr Eleri Davies, the UHB’s Director of Infection Prevention and Control, said: “This time of year is very busy for the health service and the winter vomiting bug is one of those things that adds considerable pressure.

“It really is important that people think carefully before deciding to visit someone in hospital. Please do not visit if you have symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting or had these symptoms within the last two days.”

The UHB have offered assurances the bug will not have lasting effects and usually passes within a couple of days.

The main risk lies with patients who are already ill as their immune system struggles to cope with the added strain. The bug is extremely fast moving and people are being urged to think before visiting sick friends or relatives.

For more information on the vomiting bug you can visit: http://www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk/doityourself/symptomchecker/vomiting/



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