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Last Updated: Tuesday, 4 January, 2005, 17:51 GMT
Virus outbreak stops admissions
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The winter vomiting bug causes sickness and diarrhoea
A hospital in Kent has closed its doors to new patients because of an outbreak of the "winter vomiting bug".

Twelve people at the Livingstone Hospital in Dartford have been affected by the Norovirus, which causes vomiting and sometimes diarrhoea.

Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Primary Care Trust has said full infection control procedures are in operation.

A spokesman said the hospital in East Hill will remain closed to new admissions as a precaution.

During Christmas, the Kent and Canterbury Hospital in Canterbury was almost closed because of the bug, but has now reopened.

The minor injuries, maternity, renal and blood units all stayed open, but the majority of wards were closed for deep cleaning and about 150 patients and staff were affected in total.

Last month, eight cases were also reported at Margate's Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital, which introduced limited visiting hours.




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