Isle of Man hospital wards reopen after virus concerns

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Three hospital wards in the Isle of Man, including a mental health facility, are set to reopen after being closed by an outbreak of norovirus.

A public health spokesman said the wards were shut after "a small number" of patients and staff were confirmed to have the winter vomiting bug.

Grainagh Court opened on Wednesday while wards 20 and nine will both be opened by the end of Friday.

Norovirus is highly infectious and can last from 12 hours up to three days.

A health spokesman said: "The department would like to express its gratitude to all staff in these wards who have had to work extra hard to control the spread of the virus."

Anyone displaying symptoms is asked to stay away from both Noble's hospital and Ramsey and District Cottage Hospital for at least 48 hours after all symptoms disappear.

People who need medical advice are asked to telephone their GP surgery.

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