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Cases Of Norovirus Up 83% From Last year

 

Cases Of Norovirus Up 83% From Last year
The Health Protection Agency have just announced an 83% increase in Norovirus cases compared with last year. There has been over one million people in the UK affected by the virus.
 
What is the Norovirus?
The Norovirus is better known as the winter vomiting bug. It is the most common stomach bug in the UK.
The main symptoms of Norovirus are a sudden sick feeling followed by vomiting and watery diarrhoea. Other symptoms may include a raised temperature, general aches, headaches and stomach cramps.
What are the Risks of the Norovirus?
Dehydration is the main risk of the Norovirus and steps should be taken to replace any lost fluids.
The first signs of dehydration tens to be thirst, followed by dry chapped lips, head ache, tiredness, concentrated urine and only passing a small amount of urine.
If any signs of severe dehydration are present medical attention should be sought urgently. Severe dehydration can lead to reduced blood pressure, kidney failure and can be fatal.
The signs of severe dehydration are a severe thirst, dry wrinkled skin, irritability, sunken eyes an inability to pass urine, a weak pulse, a rapid heartbeat, cold hands and feet and seizures.
 
Treatmen t for Norovirus infection.
You do not normally need to see a GP for a norovirus infection. The body normally fights off the infection within a couple of days.
It is important to have plenty to drink and taking paracetamol can help headaches and general aches. Taking small sips of liquid regularly can help the fluid stay down.
Rehydration drinks such as dioralyte can be really helpful in preventing dehydration as they contain a balance of glucose and electrolytes to help replace what your body has lost.
Try to eat food that is easy to digest such as soups and toast.
 
How to Prevent the Virus Spreading
To reduce the risk of passing the virus on to others, wash your hands regularly with soap and water and stay at home until you are clear of symptoms for 48 hours.
Do not share towels.
Disinfect any surface that may be contaminated with the virus. It is best to use a bleach-based household cleaner.
Wash any clothing or bedding that could have become contaminated with the virus on a hot wash.
Ensure toilet has been cleaned properly after vomiting or diarrhoea.
If you have Norovirus, avoid direct contact with other people, and preparing food for others, until at least 48 hours after your symptoms have gone. You may still be contagious, even though you no longer have sickness or diarrhoea.
Avoid visiting hospitals if you have had the symptoms of Norovirus in the past 48 hours. Some hospitals may request you avoid visiting if you have experienced symptoms within the past 72 hours. Norovirus is more serious and even more easily spread among people who are already ill.
 
 

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