Fremantle Hospital and Health Service, Australia, has closed 15 beds following a norovirus outbreak.

The highly infectious virus causes stomach cramps, vomiting and intestinal infection.

Fremantle associate professor Ruth Letts said that the virus spreads rapidly, which is why the additional precaution of isolating infected patients by closing the beds surrounding them has been taken .

People with the virus are advised to avoid school and work for at least 24 hours after the clearance of symptoms.

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