Hospital boss warns of winter vomiting bug 'outbreak' in Limerick

Fintan Walsh, Health Correspondent

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Hospital boss warns of winter vomiting bug 'outbreak' in Limerick

THE CEO of the UL Hospitals Group has warned the public of a Norovirus winter vomiting bug “outbreak” in Limerick, this Sunday afternoon. 

Prof Colette Cowan took to social media to issue the alert, and to urge people to see their GPs and visit local injury units, amid overcrowding at the emergency department at University Hospital Limerick. 

Prof Cowan stated on Twitter: “[UL Hospitals] experiencing high numbers of patients to our emergency department, also norovirus ‘winter vomiting’ outbreak. Please use alternatives, see your GP, attend our local injuries unit at Nenagh, Ennis or St. John’s and avoid UHL unless acutely unwell.”

Last winter, the Mid-West endured a high rate of patients with flu-like symptoms, with at least one confirmed fatality as a result. 

At-risk patients – elderly, pregnant women, healthcare staff, and chronically-ill – can avail of the flu vaccine free-of-charge, under new Government regulations.