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Hospital ban visitors after 60 pick up bug

BEAUMONT Hospital was under virtual lockdown as the winter vomiting bug took hold.

Strict visiting restrictions have been put in place at the hospital after 60 patients became infected.

Essential visits may only take place between 2pm and 4pm, and between 6pm and 8pm. And only one visitor is being allowed per patient.

Outbreaks of the highly contagious infection are already up nationwide this year, compared to the same period last year.

The winter vomiting bug -- norovirus -- spreads easily, with symptoms beginning around 12 to 48 hours after infection.

There is no specific treatment apart from letting the illness run its course and drinking plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.