Ward 6C reopens; bug outbreaks apparently over

Dunedin Hospital's ward 6C reopened for admissions yesterday afternoon after being closed by bouts of norovirus and Clostridium difficile.

Southern District Health Board executive director of nursing and midwifery Leanne Samuel said there had been no cases of diarrhoea or vomiting in the ward for the past two days.

Ms Samuel said 11 staff and 13 patients had symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting since the bugs hit on the weekend from June 7 and visitors were restricted and the ward was closed to new admissions.

The ward closure follows the lockdown of Ross Home and Hospital, in Dunedin, until after Queen's Birthday Weekend to ensure it was clear of gastroenteritis.

Manager Margaret Pearce said the outbreak began on May 20 and the rest-home was ''clear'' of symptoms from May 29 and reopened on June 3.

Mrs Pearce said initially about 30 residents and 12 staff were afflicted but she would not reveal the final number of people who fell ill.

The inpatient ward at Clutha Health First reopened on May 28 after being closed or restricted because of two gastroenteritis outbreaks.

In the first outbreak, 10 staff became ill and in the second, a week later, five patients were affected, he said.

Redroofs Care Home manager Stacey Hood said there were no outbreaks at the Maori Hill rest-home and a spokeswoman for St Andrews Home and Hospital declined to comment as to whether it had had an outbreak.

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