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By Fiona Reid
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Sick bug hits hospital

TWO wards have been closed at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary following a sickness bug outbreak affecting 28 people.

A SICKNESS bug has struck at Dumfries Infirmary yet again affecting 25 patients and three members of staff.
Ward 18 closed over the weekend and finally reopened yesterday to new admissions and routine visitors following deep cleaning.
But ward 12 remained shut.
Doctors says 28 people have symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting, confirmed as the norovirus infection.
Reports from around the region indicate that the viral infection is currently circulating throughout Dumfries and Galloway.
The hospital’s infection control team is monitoring the situation, and visitor restrictions are in place on affected wards with patients’ relatives and friends being advised to stay away until the outbreak is over.
Furthermore, members of the public who have symptoms of vomiting and diarrhoea are asked not to visit the hospital until 48 hours after symptoms have resolved.
Meanwhile, people visiting other areas of the infirmary are asked to comply with hand hygiene measures in place.
Consultant microbiologist and infection control doctor Dr Martin Connor said: “Our priority is always patient, public and staff safety. We appreciate that these temporary visiting restrictions may cause some frustration, this measure will allow us to help prevent further spread of the infection and ensure safe patient care.”

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