The winter vomiting bug – also known as norovirus – is continuing to affect hospitals in Swansea.
A total of 75 staff and patients currently have or have had symptoms over the last fortnight, with wards closed to new admissions at all three acute hospitals Morriston, Singleton and Neath Port Talbot and at Gorseinon Hospital.
Norovirus has been confirmed in a number of those cases.
Two care homes in the local area have also been affected by the bug and have been closed to new admissions as a result.
Joanne Walter, Swansea Bay University Health Board Infection Prevention and Control Matron said, “We are doing everything we can to halt the spread of the virus, but we cannot do this alone. The public’s help is essential.”
She is urging the public to help control the spread of the virus by washing their hands regularly with soap and water. Hand sanitizers do not work against norovirus.
Staying away from hospitals and other busy, communal areas like supermarkets if you are unwell (or caring for someone with the bug), even if the symptoms are mild or abating, for at least 48 but up to 72 hours can help limit the spread of the virus.
Managing symptoms at home with over-the-counter medicines such as paracetamol and by maintaining hydration by having small, regular amounts of fluid, preferably water or rehydration remedies.
Patients with norovirus are advised to dial NHS Direct on 111 for advice and not to attend emergency departments.