Tayside and Central Scotland

Ward closed at Dundee's Ninewells hospital due to norovirus

Ninewells hospital
Image caption Ward 22 at Ninewells hospital in Dundee has been closed to new admissions

NHS Tayside has closed a ward at a Dundee hospital following a suspected outbreak of winter vomiting disease.

Ninewells' Ward 22 has been shut to new admissions following several cases of vomiting and diarrhoea.

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

An NHS Tayside spokesman added that infection control measures had been put in place.

The health board said the decision to close the ward to new patients was a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the virus.

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

Health Protection Scotland has described norovirus as highly infectious and warns that "outbreaks spread quickly around closed communities such as hospitals, and nursing homes".

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