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Over 800,000 people affected by norovirus

December 19, 2012

LONDON — Despite just over 3,000 cases of norovirus being reported, health officials believe thousands more have gone unreported, according to The Guardian.

norovirusThe Health Protection Agency (HPA) has said that the number of laboratory-confirmed cases of norovirus is up by 83 percent this winter, the article stated.

According to the article, the virus has swept the country and has led to the closure of dozens of hospital wards, as well as affecting passengers on two cruise ships.

"The number of laboratory-confirmed cases has risen again, following the drop in the number we reported last week. This is typical of the norovirus season where the number of laboratory reports fluctuates between October and April with the bulk of cases usually occurring between January and March," said John Harris, an expert in norovirus at the HPA.

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