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Norovirus Outbreak

Norovirus Outbreak

There has been an increase in the number of people going to Arrowe Park Hospital A&E with symptoms of the winter vomiting bug Norovirus.


Norovirus is a highly contagious bug. It can be spread very easily both by contact with someone who has the virus, but also by contact with surfaces and items they have touched.


If you have been sick or had diarrhoea within the last 48hours then please do not visit A&E unless it is a real emergency.


If you have norovirus, follow the steps below to help ease your symptoms:

  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration
  • Take paracetamol for any fever or aches and pains
  • If you feel like eating, eat foods that are easy to digest
  • Stay at home. Don't go to see your GP because norovirus is contagious and there's nothing your GP can do while you have it
  • Contact your GP to seek advice if your symptoms last longer than a few days or if you already have a serious illness


Extra care should be taken to prevent babies and small children who have diarrhoea and vomiting from dehydrating, by giving them plenty of fluids. Babies and young children can still drink milk.


To find out more about norovirus symptoms and treatment visit NHS Choices.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 02 November 2016 15:45

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