Winter Vomiting Bug is also known as norovirus, it is highly contagious. See here for advice on symptoms and where to find advice.
The Health Protection Agency has issued guidance on what to do if you think you have norovirus.
As cases of the norovirus soar across the UK, fresh guidance is issued by clinicians on how to treat the symptoms.
New figures from the Health Protection Agency show there have been a further 11 confirmed or suspected outbreaks of norovirus in hospitals across the Midlands since December 3rd.
The total number of confirmed or suspected outbreaks in hospitals across the region since the start of July now stands at 100.
Staff at Birmingham City Hospital hope that one of the four wards closed after an outbreak of Norovirus will reopen today.
The remaining wards should open by the end of next week, with visitors allowed back at the same time.
Between the 3rd and 4th December this is the number of wards closed due to the virus.
Number of wards closed (and wards affected in brackets)
Birmingham: 5 (5)
Black Country: 3 (11)
Staffordshire: 13 (14)
Arden: 5 (8)
West Mercia: 5 (11)
West Midlands: 31 (49)
Birmingham City Hospital remains closed to visitors today after an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug, norovirus. Four wards are closed, one is due to open on Monday and visitors should be allowed from the end of next week.
There are some exceptions to the no visitor rule, including the maternity ward.
Traci O'Shaughnessy, from Birmingham, has described her family's experience with the norovirus.
The number of confirmed cases of the winter vomiting bug is 72% higher than at this time last year, health experts have said.
Some wards have reopened to visitors at Warwick hospital following an outbreak of Norovirus.
The decision to welcome visitors back to the unaffected wards in the hospital was taken following a review of the virus outbreak in the hospital.
The hospital has been closed to visitors for a week while staff ensured they had contained the virus, also known as they winter vomiting bug.
Visitors are only allowed between 6pm and 8pm to the following wards:
- Farries Ward
- Guy Ward
- Squire Ward
- Avon Ward
- Charlecote Ward
- Nicol Unit at Stratford Hospital
- Arden Court at the Helen Ley Centre
The hospital is asking visitors to read the guidance which can be found here before visiting.
An outbreak of what is suspected to be Norovirus, also known as 'the winter vomiting bug', has spread at Warwick hospital.
The hospital has suspended visitors until further notice.