Public Health England has issued an outbreak warning for the winter vomiting virus.

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Public Health England has issued an outbreak warning for the winter vomiting virus.

The winter vomiting virus is causing an out-of-season outbreak, according to health officials. 154 instances have been reported to Public Health England (PHE) in the last five weeks, which is more than three times the average incidence.

The symptoms, according to Professor Saheer Gharbia, deputy head of PHE’s national infection service, include “sudden onset of nausea, projectile vomiting, and diarrhoea.” A high temperature, stomach ache, and aching limbs are further signs of infection. “If you have norovirus symptoms, stay at home,” Professor Gharbia advised.

“Do not return to work or send children to school or childcare until 48 hours have passed since the symptoms have gone away.”

As Covid limits have loosened, the winter vomiting virus (also known as norovirus) has become more prevalent in people of all ages.

Contact with sick people or contaminated surfaces is all it takes to spread this extremely deadly virus.

PHE usually receives around 53 reports of a norovirus outbreak at this time of year; it has followed this pattern for the past five years, except this year.

“Hand washing is extremely vital to help stop the transmission of this bug, just as it is with COVID-19,” Professor Gharbia stated.

“However, unlike COVID-19, alcohol gels do not kill norovirus, therefore it’s preferable to use soap and water.”

People who are infected with norovirus are urged not to see other people to help prevent the illness from spreading.

The droplets from an infected person’s vomit contaminate the environment.

As a result, disinfecting domestic areas with a bleach-based household cleanser is recommended.

Bleach and hot water (or a bleach-based home cleanser) should be used to wipe down the following surfaces to help prevent the virus from spreading within a household:

Those who have been infected with norovirus are advised not to cook or prepare meals for others until 48 hours after their symptoms have subsided.

It’s also a good idea to wash any contaminated clothing or bedding in a 60°C wash with detergent.

“If at all possible, handle infected materials with disposable gloves,” Professor Gharbia said.

Those who are experiencing symptoms should avoid going to their doctor or going to the hospital.

Norovirus symptoms should fade away in two days, according to the NHS.

Norovirus can be treated at home, with the most critical treatments being rest and fluids.

Within three days, you should feel back to normal, notwithstanding the discomfort.

Call NHS 111 to discuss your symptoms if you’re worried about your health.

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