Isle of Man News, 15 February 2010 – The Public Health Directorate has been notified of an outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting; clinically the description seems to suggest that the most likely cause is Norovirus (Winter Vomiting Virus). The outbreak has affected two wards within Ramsey and District Cottage Hospital, several staff and patients have now been isolated. For further information please refer to www.gov.im/norovirus.
Advice to members of the Public:
If you have vomiting and/or diarrhoea:
1. Please wait for 48 hours after cessation of all your symptoms before returning to work or school, as you continue to shed the virus for 48 hours after you have completely recovered. Often the virus is spread by people who have made a full recovery and who do not realise that they are still infectious.
2. Please do not visit Accident and Emergency at Noble’s Hospital or the Minor Injuries Unit at Ramsey and District Cottage Hospital. If you need medical advice, please contact your Doctor by telephone rather than visit the surgery.
3. Please do not visit hospitals or care homes for at least 48 hours after the symptoms are resolved as once introduced this virus is likely to cause a major outbreak and can be serious in the elderly or those with other illnesses.
4. Please ensure that hygiene precautions are followed at home if anyone gets diarrhoea and vomiting. These include measures such as scrupulous washing of hands, thorough cleaning-up of vomit using diluted bleach, cleaning toilet bowls with bleach, etc. The condition is self-limiting and symptoms subside in 2 – 3 days.
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