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Norovirus confirmed at Southampton General Hospital

Five wards have closed to new admissions at Southampton General Hospital due to a winter vomiting bug.

Three wards are confirmed to have the winter vomiting bug Norovirus, while the other two are closed because of diarrhoea and vomiting.

A hospital spokesman said 24 patients and three staff had shown symptoms.

Staff have urged people to stay away from the hospital if they have suffered from diarrhoea or vomiting in the past 72 hours.

The hospital also advised people to wash their hands before and after visits with the gels available.

Judy Gillow, director of nursing, said: "This time of year generally tends to bring a rise in cases of viral bugs."



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