People are advised not to visit Addenbrooke's unless absolutely necessaryPhoto via Good Free Photos

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) has issued a warning against visiting family and friends at Addenbrooke’s and Rosie Hospitals, which it runs.

One in three wards now contain patients suffering from influenza or other respiratory viruses, according to figures from 3rd January.


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Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a highly contagious virus that infects the respiratory tract.

Ashley Shaw, Medical Director at CUH, recommended only visiting patients if absolutely necessary.

“While we have strict infection control processes in place we really need the public to help us too. Please think twice before visiting the hospital,” he said.

No wards have so far been closed due to the outbreak.

CUH has also discouraged members of the public from coming to the hospital unless they have a medical emergency or have been advised to do so, directing them to the NHS 111 number if they feel unwell.

The University is advising students to follow advice issued by Cambridge University Hospitals, to help stop the spread of this virus.