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Norovirus outbreak closes four wards in Cornwall

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Image caption The hospital trust has closed four wards in Cornwall

An outbreak of norovirus in Cornwall has prompted the closure of four hospital wards across the county.

The Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust has closed three wards in Truro and one at the West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance.

Health bosses are urging any members of the public with norovirus symptoms of sickness or diarrhoea to stay away from hospitals and care homes.

The hospital trust has been on "black alert" twice in 2015 due to pressure on its services.

Natalie Jones, from NHS Kernow, said: "We know some people feel under pressure to visit their loved ones in hospital or a care home, even if they're also unwell.

"Please consider your own health and that of other people and stay away from hospital until you're better."

The trust asked people to avoid going to the emergency department at Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro if they are able manage the symptoms themselves.

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