Dorset County Hospital wards closed by norovirus

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Image caption People with norovirus symptoms have been told to stay away from Dorset County Hospital

Two wards at a Dorset hospital have been closed because of a vomiting bug.

The Barnes and Hinton wards at Dorset County Hospital have been closed to new admissions to prevent the spread of norovirus.

A hospital spokeswoman has asked people who have been vomiting or had diarrhoea to avoid visiting friends or relatives at the hospital until they have been symptom-free for 48 hours.

There have been 17 people affected by the bug.

The illness was "widespread in the community", a hospital spokeswoman said.

The Hinton ward was closed on Monday and the Barnes ward was shut on 19 January.

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