30/11/2016

PHA Issues Norovirus Warning

The Public Health Agency (PHA) has issued a warning for people to "be aware" of the vomiting and diarrhoea virus, also known as the norovirus, which is spreading throughout Northern Ireland.

The virus is believed to be having an impact in some hospitals as well as nursing and residential homes.
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Dr Lorraine Doherty, Assistant Director of Public Health (Health Protection) at the PHA, said: "It's not unusual to see an increase in the winter vomiting and diarrhoea virus at this time of year, so we are urging people to take extra care with hand hygiene and, if you have the illness, take simple steps to prevent the spread.

"The most common symptoms are nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, which can begin suddenly. This can also be accompanied by a raised temperature, headache and sore limbs.

"It is very important that people who have symptoms do not visit hospitals, their GP surgery, or nursing and residential homes. The illness can last as little as 12 hours or up to three days and the best treatment is to stay at home, rest, take plenty of fluids, and reduce contact with others, both in the home and at work."

(CD)

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