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Hospital Given the All-clear!

STRANRAER's Garrick Hospital was given the all-clear on Monday night after staff and patients were hit by diarrhoea and vomiting Admissions of both medical and surgical patients had been cancelled until the outbreak was under control, with patients with symptoms isolated and visiting restricted.

First patients and staff became ill with what is described as a gastro-intestinal infection on Tuesday of last week and in all, 13 patients and 25 staff were affected.

Symptoms came on suddenly and tended to subside within 48 hours.

A food-borne source has been ruled out with the likely cause being winter vomiting virus similar to outbreaks which hit Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary in January and June this year.

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