Emergency room blocked due to norovirus

Emergency room blocked due to norovirus

Emergency room of the Gelnhausen clinic closed due to norovirus

The norovirus is highly contagious and is a serious health risk, especially for people who are already weakened. In view of the detection of noroviruses in the emergency room at the Gelnhausen Main-Kinzig Clinic, the entire department was temporarily blocked.

The accident portal of the Main-Kinzig clinics in Gelnhausen should remain closed for one week after detection of the noroviruses, reports the news portal "Welt Online", citing a spokeswoman for the clinic. The station had already been closed on Sunday and reopening was scheduled for Friday. So far, one patient has been diagnosed with a norovirus infection, twelve other patients have been isolated as a precaution and four of them had the typical symptoms of the viral disease such as vomiting or diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, according to the news agency "dpa".

Hygiene management after the outbreak of infections Due to the outbreak of norovirus infections, no new patients were initially admitted to the trauma surgery ward in the clinic. The health office has been informed of the cases, potentially affected patients have been isolated and the station is currently being disinfected. According to the "dpa", the clinic has a hygiene management system that takes effect when norovirus diseases occur. No other cases have occurred since the measures were initiated. How the highly infectious viruses got to the station remains unclear for the time being and will probably be difficult to determine, according to the "dpa" report.

Community facilities increasingly affected The highly pathogenic noroviruses are transmitted via contact or smear infections, whereby low doses of the pathogens are sufficient to cause an infection. Community facilities such as nursing homes, hospitals and kindergartens in particular are increasingly affected by outbreaks of mass due to the high level of infectivity. Major outbreaks have also been noted on cruise ships in the past. The disease is usually only of relatively short duration (after roughly three days the worst is usually over), the loss of fluids can be dangerous for already weakened patients and children. In the worst case, there is a risk of dehydration. (fp)

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