A Portstewart care home is currently carrying out a deep clean as a precautionary measure due to increased cases of the Norovirus being seen.
Madelayne Court Care Home in Portstewart is the latest premises on the North Coast to facilitate a deep clean.
A spokesperson for the home said “Madelayne Court have experienced an outbreak of D&V. To prevent spread, correct infection control outbreak measures were put in place following industry-standard procedure; appropriate notices displayed, isolating all symptomatic residents, informing GP’s, personal protective equipment used by staff and stopping the movements of staff between floors and units.
There have been no new cases of D&V reported since yesterday, therefore the best practice guidance followed has proven successful and has avoided spread to residents and public.”
The Public Health Agency is keeping abreast of the changing situation around the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and is liaising with partners across the UK including Public Health England and local Health Trusts.
Doctors suggest that people who get Norovirus stay at home, get plenty of rest, stay hydrated and eat plain foods to help fight off the bug.
If you get Norovirus take the following action to help stop the spread of the virus:
-Stay off work or school until at least 48 hours after the symptoms have passed.
-Do not visit anyone at hospital while you are still contagious.
-Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water, particularly after using the toilet and before preparing food. Don’t rely on alcohol hand gels, as they do not kill the virus.
-Disinfect any surfaces or objects that could be contaminated. It’s best to use a bleach-based household cleaner.
-Wash any items of clothing or bedding that could have become contaminated separately on a hot wash to ensure the virus is killed.
-Don’t share towels and flannels.
-Flush away any infected poo or vomit in the toilet and clean the surrounding area.
-Avoid eating raw, unwashed produce.