Stomach bug outbreak at Hilton Hotel in Scotland

by Alfie FEATHERSTONE on July 19, 2010

Two guests have been taken to hospital after an outbreak of a stomach virus in a leading Glasgow property.

The prestigious Hilton Hotel was the scene of the suspected outbreak, with health officials believing it to be a stomach-bug referred to as norovirus. Some 40 people altogether were struck down by the illness, which includes symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhoea Gartnavel General Hospital after showing severe symptoms of the intestinal infection. Both are believed to have made a speedy recovery and the bug is not thought to be dangerous in any way.

NHSGGC has launched an independent investigation in addition to the hotel working hard to determine the cause of the ailment, with both searching through the luxury hotel’s data and information records to identify potential warning signs and also to ensure that the threat has been completely removed.

Most of the guests who were affected have recovered since the first case was reported on July 14, with many having already moved on. There were, however, seven guests who had been asked to remain in their hotel rooms as a form of protective quarantine while the incident was investigated.

The Hilton Hotel group prides itself on its commitment to the highest standards of health and safety for both its customers and its staff, meaning the bug came as a surprise to management and health officials. The hotel said that it had been working closely with the NHSGCC to ensure that the best assistance possible was made available to affected guests during the unwelcome experience. NHSGCC also praised hotel staff as being ‘exemplary’ in handling the crisis, adding that the standards of cleanliness and hygiene at the property could not be faulted.

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