Visiting restrictions have been put in place at a Cork hospital today following cases of a vomiting bug.
The Mercy University Hospital (MUH) imposed visiting restrictions on two rooms in the hospital due to the incidence of Norovirus, a contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea.
The hospital said that in the interests of patient safety, MUH sought the public’s cooperation with limited visiting restrictions.
A spokesperson for MUH explained today that all wards in the hospital remain open with the exception of two rooms.
“The situation is under constant review by the hospital’s Infection Control Team and it is anticipated that all restrictions will be removed in the next 48 hours,” he said.
“Norovirus activity in the community remains at a medium level.
“The hospital would like to remind the public of the importance of performing hand hygiene when visiting the hospital and also not to visit if they are experiencing symptoms of vomiting and/or diarrhoea,” he added.
“The hospital wishes to thank the public for their assistance.
“Further updates will issue as required.” The vomiting bug outbreak comes as MUH dealt with 22 patients awaiting beds on Tuesday morning.