Three wards closed at Morriston Hospital because of mystery sickness bug
THREE wards have been closed at Morriston Hospital because of a sick bug - but bosses have said the presence of Norovirus has not yet been confirmed.
The wards have been closed to admissions and to visitors, because some staff and patients have been experiencing sickness and diarrhoea.
But the results of tests to determine the cause are outstanding.
Norovirus is sometimes known as the winter vomiting bug, and is the most common stomach bug in the UK, affecting people of all ages.
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The virus, which is highly contagious, causes vomiting and diarrhoea. As there is no specific cure, patients are advised to let it run its course, which should not last more than a couple of days.
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board Trusts says it has witnessed an increase in the number of people experiencing sickness and diarrhoea, and has advised those suffering from such viruses to stay away from hospitals.
A spokesman said: "If you have had sickness and / or diarrhoea or have been near someone who has please do not visit the hospital.
"We are starting to see an increasing number of cases in the community and subsequently this does affect patients and wards in hospitals.
"Everyone can help stop sickness and diarrhoea spreading by making sure they wash their hands thoroughly. Especially after going to the toilet and before preparing or eating food.
"If you have sickness and / or diarrhoea it is important you stay at home for at least 48 hours from the last time you were sick and / or had diarrhoea.
"Don't be tempted to pop to the shops, go back to work / school or have friends or family to the house – you could still pass the virus on."