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Visitors warned of 'highly contagious' bug at Dublin hospital

The bug is highly contagious and the hospital is working to stop it spreading.

Updated 6.34pm

THE MATER HOSPITAL in Dublin has asked the public to avoid visiting it as it is currently experiencing an outbreak of Norovirus – also known as the winter vomiting bug.

Today the hospital said the bug is “highly contagious” and it is appealing to the general public to avoid visiting the hospital unless it is absolutely necessary.

It has still been a relatively busy day for the hospital, with 29 patients on trolleys as of this morning and staff will be working to control the spread of the bug as much as is possible.

Norovirus, which has no specific treatment, causes vomiting and diarrhoea. Anyone concerned about catching the bug is advised to wash their hands frequently and clean and disinfect any surfaces that may be contaminated.

Restrictions at the hospital will be remain in place until further notice.

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