AN Edinburgh pub has closed its doors for deep cleaning after a suspected norovirus outbreak.

The pub is owned by JD Wetherspoon, which has confirmed the Leith bar will be back open on February 15 after a deep clean by a specialist agency.

A cryptic sign was spotted on the door of the Foot of the Walk which reads: "Due to circumstances outwith our control, our pub will be closed until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Eddie Gershon, a spokesperson for the pub chain, said: “There was a suspected norovirus outbreak at the pub with some customers and staff reporting unwell. The pub has been closed as a precaution and the pub is undergoing a thorough deep clean by a specialist hygiene agency. The pub will reopen Wednesday morning.”

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Norovirus is a very contagious virus. It is sometimes called a stomach bug or the stomach flu. However, norovirus illness is not related to the flu, which is caused by the influenza virus. 

The most common symptoms of norovirus are diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and stomach pain. Other symptoms include fever, headache, and body aches.

Symptoms usually develop 12 to 48 hours after being exposed to norovirus. The illness typically clears up in one to three days.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) issued a warning about the norovirus as case numbers were unusually high for this year.