Tayside and Central Scotland

Angus hospital closes ward due to suspected norovirus outbreak

Stracathro Hospital
Image caption Ward 2 at Stracathro Hospital has been closed due to a suspected norovirus outbreak

NHS Tayside has closed a ward at an Angus hospital following a suspected outbreak of the winter vomiting virus.

Ward 2 at Stracathro Hospital has been shut to new admissions following several cases of vomiting and diarrhoea.

The health board said they believed the outbreak was as a result of norovirus, also known as the winter vomiting bug.

A suspected norovirus outbreak at the hospital in December also resulted in the closing of the same ward.

The health board said that infection control measures had been put in place and that the decision to close the ward to new patients was a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the virus.

Figures suggest that one in five people in Scotland may have been hit by the bug in the past year.

The hospital asked anyone who might be feeling unwell or experiencing vomiting and diarrhoea not to visit friends and family members at Stracathro hospital for at least 48 hours after they are free of all symptoms.

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