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Vomiting bug outbreak at MGH


Visitor restrictions at MGH

Visits to Mayo General Hospital will be strictly limited to visiting times due to an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug in the hospital. The visiting restrictions were put in place after a number of patients displayed symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting usually caused by norovirus, commonly known as the winter vomiting bug. Due to the possibility of the virus in the Elderly Medicine Ward, visitors will be restricted in this area. The hospital will make arrangements for family members of critically ill patients on the affected ward to visit; this should be arranged through the nurse on duty in the ward prior to arrival at the hospital. Visiting to non-affected areas of the hospital are strictly limited to visiting times as a precautionary measure; hospital visiting times are from 2pm to 4pm and from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. There has been an increase in the number of cases of norovirus in the community and anyone with recent symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting or who has had contact with others who have these symptoms should not visit patients in the hospital.