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NHS crisis warning over killer winter bug

BRITAIN is in the grip of an early winter sickness bug crisis that could wreak havoc on the NHS. Cases of deadly norovirus have been gathering pace in the past month and experts are warning of the impact on hospitals. More than 1,000 people are officially confirmed to have been struck by the virus since the start of July. But thousands more cases are thought to have gone unreported. In October, there were 18 outbreaks in hospitals hitting 130 patients and 57 staff and all but one caused ward closures, according to health officials. Since July, 767 patients and 264 staff were confirmed as having norovirus, which causes fever, headache, stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhoea. Public Health England last night pleaded for anyone who suspects they have norovirus to stay away from doctors’ surgeries and hospitals.

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