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Cases of norovirus soar above 2,000 in UK

LONDON Jan 2: Hospitals are running out of space in corridors with a spike in flu cases plunging the NHS into winter chaos, senior doctors have warned, according to reports.
Doctors have described corridors overflowing with patients and used social media in a bid to find extra staff to cope with demand.
Portsmouth hospitals NHS trust, in Hampshire, tweeted on Sunday: “The hospital is extremely busy at the moment and we are asking any medical or nursing staff available for a shift tonight or tomorrow to make contact.”
Epsom and St Helier University hospitals trust, in London, also appealed for staff to work on New Year’s Eve “due to sickness and high volumes of patients”.
Norovirus is one of the most common stomach bugs in the UK and is rampant during the colder months, although you can catch it at any time of year.
That's why it is important to know the signs of norovirus and how to avoid catching the nasty stomach bug. If you have the virus you will experience a sudden feeling of sickness, projectile vomiting and watery diarrhoea.
You may also have a slight fever, headaches, painful stomach cramps and aches and pains.
If you do start experiencing these symptoms you should always stay at home and get plenty of rest until you are feeling better.
You should not go to work, or let your child go to school if they are infected, as you will spread the illness to other people you have contact with - and no one will thank you for that.
You should also avoid going to the GP and hospitals because the bug can spread like wildfire and can cause more serious complications for those who are already ill.
Symptoms usually clear up in two to three days, but if they don't that's when you should speak to your GP.