A CARE home which closed earlier this year because of a vomiting and diarrhoea bug has had a fourth outbreak.

St James' Court in Hoyland Common closed for four days when the norovirus bug struck last month. The outbreak was traced to two family members who had brought it into the home.

A spokesman for Crown Care Group Ltd, which runs the Tankersley Lane home, said: "We can confirm that there was a fourth outbreak of norovirus at St James' Court resulting in its closure for four days. This was unrelated to previous incidents.

"Once again we fully complied with procedures involving the Health Protection Agency, Environmental Health and the Care Quality Commission to resolve the matter as quickly as possible."

The home sent letters to all residents' families informing them of its actions and also left a notice posted on the door of St James' urging people not to visit if ill.

Health Protection Agency guidelines meant the care home could not reopen until 48 hours after the last affected resident's symptoms had cleared.

The spokesman said norovirus was a winter vomiting and diarrhoea bug which was highly contagious and spread very easily in a close-knit environment like a care home.