Norovirus strikes at new Peterborough hospital

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A hospital in Cambridgeshire has closed four of its wards to new patients because of an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug, norovirus.

It is the first outbreak of the virus at the Peterborough City hospital which was built under a £300m private finance initiative and opened in November 2010.

The hospital said 60 patients were suffering from the virus.

The new ward layout which has 57% of beds in single rooms allowed infection to be contained effectively, it said.

The trust is advising all visitors and patients to practise good hygiene and not to visit the hospital if they have had diarrhoea, vomiting or a cold.

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