Jersey health issues norovirus warning

Sections of Jersey's hospital have been closed, as health authorities warn there is a growing number of suspected norovirus cases within the island.

The health department is reminding islanders not to visit the hospital if they have symptoms of the infection, which include nausea and vomiting.

The authorities have increased cleaning rates and erected signs to try and stop the virus spreading.

Gary Kynman, Deputy Director of Operations, says islanders must help.

He said: "It is evident there is increasing numbers of suspected norovirus cases within the island community.

"It is important every islander plays their part in trying to slow down the spread of this highly infectious virus, particularly in public places and catering establishments."

Health and Social Services issued advice to be more vigilant than usual about washing hands frequently and thoroughly.

A norovirus outbreak at the end of 2012 led to health department closing wards and cancelling operations at Jersey General Hospital.

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