Stop norovirus spreading this winter

Norovirus, sometimes known as the winter vomiting bug, is the most common stomach bug in the UK. It is highly contagious and can affect people of all ages.

The norovirus can be spread through contact with an infected person, through contact with surfaces or objects that are contaminated with the virus, or by eating contaminated food or water.

Symptoms of norovirus

The first symptom is usually a sudden onset of nausea, which is followed by projectile vomiting and watery diarrhoea. Some people may also have:

  • a mild fever
  • headaches
  • stomach cramps
  • aching limbs

Most people normally make a full recovery within one to two days.

Remember to always check with your GP practise via telephone in case your symptoms are not due to norovirus.

Treating norovirus

There is no specific treatment for a norovirus, apart from letting the condition run its course.
It is important to keep hydrated, especially children and the elderly.

Do not visit A&E, hospital or GP with symptoms as this may spread the virus.

Preventing norovirus

Good hand hygiene is important to stop the spread of the virus. There are some simple steps that you can take:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly using soap and water and dying them after using the toilet, before preparing food and eating
  • Do not rely on alcohol gels as these do not kill the virus

Further information and advice is available from NHS 111.

You can also find additional information about Norovirus including the symptoms, treatment and prevention from NHS Choices.

Visit NHS Choices website

Useful links

Other MyLife pages:Flu vaccination

External websites:NHS Choices