Strict visiting restrictions put in place at Irish hospital after norovirus outbreak
The HSE has issued a warning about strict visiting restrictions at University Hospital Limerick after three cases of norovirus were confirmed.
In addition to the confirmed cases, the statement also confirmed that several other patients in the hospital were symptomatic.
The warning went on, "As norovirus can be carried in to the hospital by patients or visitors, it is necessary with immediate effect to ban all visitors to Wards 3A and 1A at UHL."
"Elsewhere in the hospital, it is necessary to restrict visitors to one person per patient only and to remind members of the public that visiting hours are from 2pm to 4pm and from 6pm to 9pm only and are to be strictly adhered to."
"Members of the public are reminded not to bring children on visits anywhere in the hospital. Parents visiting children are unaffected by the restrictions but are advised not to bring siblings."
Norovirus is better known as the winter vomiting bug, and it is the most common cause of viral gastroenteritis in humans.