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Around 100,000 people were struck down with the winter vomiting bug over Christmas, latest figures suggested as it emerged the number of confirmed cases was 72% higher than this time last year.

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Swansea waiting on Michu fitness ahead of Aston Villa match

Striker missed 2-1 victory over Fulham

Town hall chiefs slam coalition over cuts

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Harriet Walker: Whatever happened to New Year karma?

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Alan Pardew has seen his side slump since signing a new deal

Newcastle form not acceptable says Alan Pardew

Magpies have struggled to replicate form of last season

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Southampton manager Nigel Adkins coy over Adam Lallana injury

Captain will miss this weekend's game

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Norovirus: Vomiting bug cases are up by 80 per cent

The number of laboratory-confirmed cases of norovirus is 83 per cent higher than the same time last year

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Italian changes his tune as he struggles to revive title challenge but public rift with Nasri and Hart piles on the pressure ahead of trip to Newcastle

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