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Hospital wards closed as norovirus hits the Royal London

PUBLISHED: 18:03 08 March 2010 | UPDATED: 15:41 05 October 2010

AN OUTBREAK of the winter vomiting bug has hit the Royal London with five hospital wards closed to new patients and sick visitors, it emerged this evening. Bosses at the hospital in Whitechapel have confirmed they are turning away new admissions from fiv

AN OUTBREAK of the winter vomiting bug has hit the Royal London with five hospital wards closed to new patients and sick visitors, it emerged this evening.

Bosses at the hospital in Whitechapel have confirmed they are turning away new admissions from five wards because of increase in the number of patients catching the highly infectious norovirus.

Infected patients are being quarantined while visitors who may be feeling the symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting are being warned to stay away.

The wards are believed to have been closed since the weekend but hospital bosses insist that recent tests show infection rates have now "stabilized".

A hospital spokeswoman added: "The current, rigorous control measures will remain in place until all infections have been fully eradicated."

Health officials confirmed last week that the bug was sweeping the capital with more than 246 cases in January and February - nearly double those for the same period last year.


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