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Hospital 'stay away' call

PUBLISHED: 16:48 01 December 2008 | UPDATED: 12:25 03 July 2010

VISITORS are being urged to stay away from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital if they have had symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting in a bid to protect patients from a widespread seasonal stomach bug.

VISITORS are being urged to stay away from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital if they have had symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting in a bid to protect patients from a widespread seasonal stomach bug.

The hospital has one ward closed because of Norovirus and doctors are stressing that if any member of the public has symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting they should refrain from visiting patients in order to prevent the spread of infection.

Children are at especially high risk of Norovirus-type bug and many schools across the county have been affected by the virus over the past few weeks. Children under the age of 16 should not visit the hospital unless for treatment or for compassionate reasons.

The Norovirus stomach bug (also know as gastroenteritis) causes nausea and/or diarrhoea and is very easily spread from person to person. The spread of infection is easiest in places where group of people are in close proximity for reasonable amounts of time such as residential homes, schools, hospitals and workplaces.

The virus lasts around two day

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