December 05, 2012 – BRITAIN – Hundreds of thousands have been struck down with the winter vomiting bug, according to figures. The number of confirmed cases of norovirus is already up two-thirds compared to this time last year and experts warn they will only rise further over the next few weeks. In the last week there have been a further 40 outbreaks of the illness at hospitals and nearly all were forced to close wards or bays to prevent its spread.
|Increase: Almost 700,000 people have been struck down by norovirus. Recent figures from the
Department of Health show that a third of hospitals have had outbreaks in the last fortnight.