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Record norovirus cases blamed on new strain

January 10, 2013

LONDON — A new strain of norovirus might be the cause of the record level of cases seen this winter, leading experts to warn of a "severe season," according to The Telegraph.

virusThe Sydney 2012 strain, named after where it was first seen, has been the cause of illness for more than one million people in England this winter, double the normal rate, the article stated.

According to the article, norovirus strains do change slightly, and several strains were in circulation at the beginning of the UK season, but Sydney 2012 has now become dominant.

The authors of a study published in the journal Eurosurveillance have said the strain was linked to higher cases globally and healthcare systems should prepare for a "severe norovirus season," the article noted.

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