11:35 Monday 10 February 2014

NHS issues guidance for Uttoxeter people to avoid sickness bug

Written byJOANNA CRAIG

UTTOXETER residents are being urged to follow a few ‘simple’ steps to help them avoid the winter vomiting bug.

NHS England are advising people to wash their hands frequently with soap and water, avoid sharing towels and disinfect surfaces regularly to avoid the norovirus.

Those infected with the virus are asked to stay away from public places including hospitals, school and work for at least 48 hours after the symptoms have stopped as this is the incubation period for the virus.

Norovirus causes vomiting and diarrhoea, is highly contagious and is the most common stomach bug in the UK.

Dr Ken Deacon, medical director for NHS England in Staffordshire, said: “Norovirus, although not very pleasant, is not usually dangerous and most people make a full recovery within a couple of days without having to see their GP.

“If a child, or baby, gets norovirus it is very important to make sure they drink plenty of fluids in order to prevent them from becoming dehydrated.”

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