Saturday, January 12, 2008

Britain in grip of norovirus as cases hit 3m

By Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor Last Updated: 9:24am GMT 12/01/2008

Three million people have been struck down by the winter vomiting bug - with experts fearing that cases could rise through this month and next.
The norovirus season began a month earlier than normal this winter. Cases of the bug increased rapidly, with more than 200,000 people a week now catching the infection, official figures claim.
Hospitals struggling to cope have closed hundreds of wards to new patients. Three hospitals have been put on red alert because of a critical shortage of beds caused by people falling ill with the bug.;jsessionid=IOMB1WLJA4EHRQFIQMFCFFWAVCBQYIV0?xml=/news/2008/01/12/nnoro112.xml

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