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Winter vomiting bug caused 1,500 wards to close

The winter vomiting bug led to the closure of 1,500 hospital wards last year, figures show.

There were atotal of 1,818 norovirus outbreaks in hospitals in England last year, leading to the closure of 1,513 wards, according to figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA).

The HPA said that in October and November, 356 outbreaks were reported in hospitals - a 140% increase over the same period during the previous season.