Tayside and Central Scotland

Norovirus prompts ward closure at Dundee hospital

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Image caption Ward 4 at Dundee's Royal Victoria Hospital has been closed due to a suspected outbreak of norovirus

An outbreak of several suspected cases of winter vomiting disease, or norovirus, has prompted the closure of a ward at Dundee's Royal Victoria Hospital.

NHS Tayside said it had closed Ward 4 to new admissions as a precautionary measure.

The health board said infection control measures have been put in place.

It is the second time Ward 4 has been closed to new admissions due to the bug in as many months.

Norovirus causes vomiting, stomach cramps, fever and diarrhoea, and is easily spread from person to person.

It has been estimated that as many one in five people in Scotland may have been hit by the bug in the past year.

Health officials have asked anyone who might be feeling unwell or experiencing vomiting and diarrhoea not to visit friends and family members at the Royal Victoria for at least 48 hours after they are free of all symptoms.

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