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PHE's latest report on norovirus outbreaks in hospitals shows outbreaks reduce services
Public Health England's latest report on suspected and laboratory-confirmed reported norovirus outbreaks in hospitals (England) and norovirus laboratory reports (England and Wales), covering weeks nine - 13, 2019, shows that services are still having to be reduced in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus.
The hospital norovirus outbreak reporting scheme (HNORS) recorded 73 outbreaks, 71 of which (97%) led to ward/bay closure or restriction to admissions and 44 of which (60%) were recorded as laboratory confirmed due to norovirus.
From week 1 (week beginning 31st December 2018) to week 13 (week beginning 25th March 2019), 181 outbreaks have been reported. Some 96% (173) of reported outbreaks resulted in ward/bay closures or restrictions to admissions and 66% (120) were laboratory confirmed as due to norovirus.
According to norovirus laboratory reporting data from SGSS (England and Wales), from week 1, 2018 to week 13 2019, there were 2259 laboratory reports of norovirus. This is comparable to the average number of laboratory reports for the same period in the five years between 2014 and 2018 (2857) (data from laboratory reporting are subject to a reporting delay and the number reported in the most recent weeks is likely to rise as further laboratory reports are received).
18th April 2019