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Wrexham Maelor hospital wards closed by norovirus

TWO wards remain closed at the Wrexham Maelor Hospital following an outbreak of norovirus last week.

The Cunliffe and Mason wards were closed to new admissions following an outbreak of the vomiting bug on Thursday (December 29), which affected one member of staff and 13 patients.

The wards are closed to new admissions.

A spokesman for the Betsi Cadwaladr health board said: “We won’t admit patients until we have given the wards the all clear; obviously we don’t want to be bringing patients into an environment where there is an increased risk that they might pick up the bug.”

The wards have 50 beds between them and all but six are in use.

Visitors are still able to visit, but are asked to wash their hands with soap and water before entering and leaving.

The Clwyd ward at Mold Community Hospital is still closed to new admissions, with two patients displaying symptom’s of norovirus. It will remain closed until at least tomorrow (Friday).

The main symptoms of norovirus are sudden nausea, followed by severe projectile vomiting and diarrhoea. Some people may also suffer a fever, headaches, stomach cramps and aching limbs.