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Infected nurses told to stay home

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Nurses have been urged to stay at home if they have been infected by norovirus.
Martin Kiernan, vice-president of the Infection Prevention Society, said nurses who tried to work while still infected could spread the disease to colleagues and patients.
‘There is a culture of soldiering on in nursing but this doesn’t work for the norovirus,’ he said. ‘If nurses are off sick with the virus, they need to stay at home for 48 hours after their last symptoms.
‘At our trust this is policy and it won’t count against the nurse [who may be worried about taking sick leave],’ he said.
Acute trusts across the country have been hit by the early start of the norovirus season and high levels of influenza (NT News, 15 January, p3).
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