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Monday, 18 November, 2002, 07:35 GMT
Bug-hit hotel re-opens
Britannia Hotel, Newcastle Airport
Guests were moved to other hotels in the area
A Tyneside hotel has re-opened after been forced to close when almost 40 people contracted a vomiting bug.

Managers at the 99-bed Britannia Hotel at Newcastle International Airport opened doors again late on Sunday after health chiefs said the disease was contained.

Nineteen Staff and 19 guests showing symptoms were sent home and all other guests were moved to nearby hotels with available rooms.

A spokeswoman for Newcastle Airport said there was no disruption to flights.

Recognised treatment

The hotel asked the communicable disease department at Northumberland NHS Care Trust to speak on its behalf.

A spokeswoman for the trust, described winter vomiting disease as "incredibly unpleasant" for those affected.

She said: "The illness typically starts with an attack of vomiting.

"There is no recognised treatment for the illness, patients should be given fluids to keep them hydrated and wait for it to pass.

"This normally takes 20 to 60 hours in the vast majority of patients, although there may be some after effects such as fatigue.

"No one needed hospital treatment so those affected were able to return to their homes."


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