Norovirus Increases Its Grip At Highland Hospital

February 25th, 2010 - 8:31 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
hosFeb 25, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Concern has been mounting in the Raigmore Hospital in Inverness after large number of its staff as well as patients have been infected by a winter vomiting virus known as norovirus. The situation is believed to have worsened even further as it is being reported that the hospital authorities waited for around five days before issuing warnings to the public to urge them to stay away from the medical facility.

It has come to light that the number of staffs and patients who have showed symptoms of the winter vomiting illness has escalated in just a night from 61 to around 93. At the same time, it has also been revealed that the total number of wards and units that have been reeling under the onslaught of the virus in the Highland hospital has also enhanced from eight to ten, as a result of which the anxiety among the people has increased significantly. However, in order to bring the situation under control, NHS Highland has added that proper infection control measures are being taken to counter the spread of the virus.

Meanwhile, it has been reported that the virus outbreak in the hospital occurred last Wednesday which fueled concerns that the hospital authority did not immediately furnish a warning and kept the public informed for about five days. However, a NHS spokesperson has emphasized that only a single case came to light on Wednesday and the number of cases amplified over the weekend. Meanwhile, lead nurse of the hospital, Una Lyon has added that although few cases are being reported even now, the scenario can be termed as stable.

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