Hospital management is apologising for the inconvenience to patients.
Visitors are advised to only attend the the emergency department at the Midlands Regional Hospital Mullingar if absolutely necessary and to not bring children if at all possible.
Hospital management is apologising for the inconvenience to patients and their families and is thanking the public for their cooperation at this time.
Management is asking the public, where possible, to telephone their GP/pharmacist in the first instance to seek the best advice, rather than presenting at the hospital.
However, it says anyone seriously injured or ill will be assessed and treated as a priority.