Norovirus WARNING: Symptoms you need to know after outbreak in THIS part of the UK
Norovirus, also referred to as the winter vomiting bug, tends to be more common during this time of year, but you can catch it at any time of year. In people with compromised immune systems, the illness can have life-threatening consequences. Over the last few weeks the number of cases being reported in the UK has been on the rise, with the latest outbreak being in Lincolnshire. According to Lincolnshire Live, Bourne Gallantly Medical Practice revealed norovirus cases have hit a number of schools and care homes in the county.
So what are the symptoms of the virus you need to watch out for and how can you prevent it?
There are three symptoms of norovirus you need to be wary of, according to the NHS.
- Suddenly feeling sick
- Projectile vomiting
- Watery diarrhoea
Some people may also have a slight fever, headaches, painful stomach cramps and aching limbs.
Symptoms usually appear one to two days after you become infected and typically last for up to two or three days.
But in some people with compromised immune systems, such as children and older adults, the norovirus infection can cause severe dehydration, malnutrition and even death.
This means doing what you can to prevent the illness spreading is crucial.
Norovirus can be treated at home as long as you take the following steps:
- Stay off school or work until the symptoms have stopped for two days
- Avoid visiting anyone in hospital during this time
- Avoid close contact with someone with norovirus
- Avoid touching surfaces or objects that have virus on them, then touching your mouth
- Avoid eating food that’s been prepared or handled by someone with norovirus
Washing your hands frequently with soap and water is also an effective way to stop the virus spreading.
It should be noted that alcohol hand gels don’t kill norovirus.