Arbroath Infirmary ward open again after closure due to flu virus

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A hospital medical unit which had been closed to new admissions due to a small number of cases of flu has reopened.

The ward at Arbroath Infirmary in Angus was shut to new admissions on Friday evening to control the spread of the influenza A virus.

NHS Tayside also asked people to avoid visiting, if possible, to help reduce the spread of infection.

The ward reopened on Wednesday.

A health board spokeswoman said: “The medical unit at Arbroath Infirmary has reopened to new admissions after being closed due to a small number of cases of flu.

“The ward was closed to new patients as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the virus which is currently circulating in the community.”

Flu, which is especially common in winter, is an infectious and common viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes.

Symptoms include a sudden high temperature, headaches, general aches and pains, tiredness and a sore throat.