WARDS at county hospitals are returning to normal after an outbreak of a winter diarrhoea and vomiting bug.

However, visitors at Worcestershire Royal Hospital can still take steps to stop the spread of norovirus which has led to ward closures.

People are asked not to visit if they have suffered symptoms within 48 hours.

Family-only have been asked to visit and numbers are limited to two per bed.

The trust has asked that there be no visitors under the age of 16 to prevent the bug spreading to schools, nurseries and playgroups.

The virus is easily spread by contact with an infected person, especially through their hands.

People can also catch it through contaminated food or drink or by touching contaminated surfaces or objects.

Measures that should help prevent the virus from spreading further include washing hands frequently, not sharing towels and disinfecting any surfaces that an infected person has touched.