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After battling the Covid-19 pandemic for almost two years, a new virus outbreak has been reported in the UK, which is spreading like wildfire. Referred to as the vomiting bug, Norovirus is highly infectious and causes vomiting and diarrhoea. Public Health England issued a warning about this nasty virus after routine surveillance reported that there has been a massive jump in cases of norovirus. According to reports, 154 outbreaks have been recorded in England since May. This is roughly three times the previous five-year average of 53 outbreaks over the same time period. According to PHE, while small children have been affected, there has also been an increase in infection across all age categories.
Norovirus is also known as the winter bug and usually strikes during the winter months. However, it is infecting people in the UK now as well. It is easily spread by contact with sick people or contaminated surfaces. Norovirus is very contagious and causes vomiting and diarrhoea, although it generally clears up in a few days.
The majority of infections are caused by coming into touch with sick individuals or contaminated surfaces, or by consuming contaminated food and drink.
According to CDC, the average incubation for norovirus is 12-48 hours after being exposed to the virus. However, those who get infected with this contagious virus get better within 1-3 days of getting the infection. As restrictions are being eased down, it is probable that people are mixing more with others, thus increasing the possibility of catching the nasty, extremely infectious illness.
The signs and symptoms of norovirus as listed by CDC include:
In some cases, it can cause intestine or stomach inflammation, which is also known as acute gastroenteritis.
As we continue to take precautionary measures against Covid-19, here are some precautions you should take to avoid the contraction of the highly infectious, norovirus. Again, the most important thing is to pay close attention to hygiene.
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