07/06/2012 06:02 EDT | Updated 09/05/2012 05:12 EDT

Illness that closed P.E.I. hospital unit to visitors has mostly run its course

CHARLOTTETOWN - P.E.I.'s largest hospital says it believes a gastrointestinal illness that closed a unit to visitors this week has mostly run its course.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown says only one patient in Unit 3 remained ill as of Friday.

At the height of the illness Wednesday, 12 patients were suffering from symptoms including nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Rick Adams, the hospital's executive director, says immediate family will be permitted to visit patients in the unit starting Saturday.

He says the hospital will reassess the situation Monday before making a decision on whether to reopen the unit to all visitors.