Norovirus Outbreak in Royal Berkshire Hospital
It has been recently revealed that the Royal Berkshire Hospital closed its three wards for new patients on Monday. However, they are determined to open the wards in next 24 hours. Hospital spokesman Joe Wise said that they have reopened earlier closed wards on Saturday and Monday and would open three wards in next 24 hours.
Wise further affirmed, "Thankfully it is only a small number of people who have been affected and we are anxious to take all possible steps to ensure its effects are minimized". Experts suggested that those who have suffered sickness and diarrhea should try avoiding people and should only go in public places at the time when they get clean chit from their doctors.
Another thing that doctors suggested was that people should follow hygiene policies. They should wash their hands and should eat only home cooked food and should eating junk. Wise said that infection in the hospital has not completely gone. They got to know about it when they spotted new virus case in the hospital on the day when they reopened the ward which was closed due to norovirus.
Wise further affirmed that they follow simple policy and that is they simply close the ward when they see infection cases have increased from more than two. It is the perfect season for norovirus outbreak as the climate is quite dry which is good for breeding season.
Norovirus is also known as winter vomiting bug and has become quite common in winters. The bug is not specific to hospitals and is highly contagious and could easily survive on dirty linen, floors, and could also be found in school and other places meant for public gathering.
In addition, the Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital has also closed its wards due to norovirus outbreak.