A hospital has closed six wards because of a suspected outbreak of norovirus.
The wards at James Cook University Hospital, part of South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust, have closed to new patients after staff reported symptoms of the disease, which is currently being experienced in the local community.
Staff are advising older people, the very young or anyone feeling unwell to avoid visiting family or friends at the hospital in Middlesbrough unless absolutely necessary.
However patients should still come into hospital for their appointments or treatments as usual.
Infection control measures are now in place and the situation is being reviewed on a daily basis.
Consultant in infectious disease Richard Bellamy said: 'We are fairly certain this is the same virus that is hitting the community at large.'