Norovirus suspected at Glasgow Hilton

by Alfie FEATHERSTONE on July 16, 2010

Dozens of people at a Hilton Hotel in Glasgow have been treated by medical staff after a suspected outbreak of norovirus. Fourteen staff members and 24 guests came down with what is thought to be the vomiting and diarrhoea bug, according to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC).


Two guest, who were admitted to hospital on Sunday, are expected to make a full recovery, and NHSGGC is investigating the cause of the outbreak at the five-star hotel. Seven guests who had symptoms but do not need hospital treatment have been asked to remain in their rooms to help contain the virus.


A spokesperson for Hilton Worldwide said the hotel was providing all possible assistant to guests, staff and health officials in accordance with the company’s strict health and safety procedures. At least 15 guests have already recovered from their symptoms and been given the go-ahead to leave the hotel.


Guests and staff first became unwell on July 14, with several others following over the next few days. Dr Anne Scoular of NHSGGC said the symptoms were suggestive of the highly-contagious norovirus infection. She added that hotel staff had been co-operative and that efforts were being made to limit the spread of the illness.




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