Exmouth Hospital is virus-free

PUBLISHED: 09:23 21 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:02 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH Hospital is now free of the vomiting and diarrhoea virus and will open its off-limits ward today (Thursday).

EXMOUTH Hospital is now free of the vomiting and diarrhoea virus and will open its off-limits ward today (Thursday).

The hospital has had one of its wards closed for over two weeks to outside visitors and incoming patients after the nasty winter bug Norovirus, which had rapidly spread throughout East Devon's hospitals, was discovered at the hospital.

The ward has now been deep-cleaned with all patients declared free of the bug.

The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford) has also opened up its eight affected wards this week.

Jane Barr, interim lead nurse for infection control at Devon Primary Care Trust said the virus did not originate at the hospital but was brought in from the outside.

Visitors are asked not to visit the hospital if they have been experiencing the symptoms of vomiting and diarrhoea 48 hours to a visit.

The incubation period is between 24 and 48 hours - this is followed by severe and sudden projectile vomiting, diarrhoea and fever symptoms which last 48 hours.

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