Sheffield hospitals tell people to limit visits due to norovirus

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Hospital visitors in Sheffield are being asked to limit their visits due to an outbreak of winter vomiting sickness.

The Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said it had shut 25 beds due to the norovirus bug.

The trust, which manages the five adult NHS hospitals in the city, said the bug was very active at present.

It also urged people who had been ill to stay at home until they were free of the symptoms.

The norovirus bug is highly contagious and causes diarrhoea, vomiting and fever.

Chris Morley, deputy chief nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, said: "We have had an increase in incidents of norovirus over the last few days and lots of people are suffering from the illness but still coming in to visit friends and relatives in hospital which then passes it on.

"It is for this reason that we are asking visitors to support our efforts by not visiting hospitals if they have had symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting in the last 72 hours."

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