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CCG issues advice for avoiding Norovirus and keeping well through the winter

Chocolates, magazines, grapes? Whatever you bring into hospital, make sure it’s not Norovirus.

NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is urging the local community to protect themselves and others against Norovirus, the winter vomiting bug.

People across the Vale of York are being reminded about the simple steps you can take to avoid the contagious bug and anyone experiencing symptoms is encouraged to stay at home and call NHS 111 for advice. It is vital that people who may have norovirus do not visit hospitals or their GP surgery.

Dr Andrew Phillips, Local GP and Deputy Chief Clinical Officer at the CCG, said: “This time of year usually marks the start of the norovirus season so we want our local community to be well prepared.

“Norovirus is the most common stomach bug in the UK, affecting people of all ages. It is highly contagious and spreads rapidly in closed environments such as hospitals, schools and care homes. It can be spread through contact with an infected person; by contact with contaminated surfaces or by consuming contaminated food or water.

“There is no treatment for the virus but it is important to keep hydrated to combat the loss of fluids. People infected with Norovirus are usually contagious from the moment they begin feeling ill to at least three days after recovery. However, most people will recover within a few days and there are no long-term effects.”

Typical symptoms of a Norovirus infection include:

Dr Andrew Phillips added: “For patients already ill in hospital, this virus could cause further health complications, making it vital to prevent introducing the virus into the hospital environment. We strongly urge anyone affected to stay at home and to telephone NHS 111 for advice.

“Norovirus spreads quickly but there are simple steps that you can take to protect yourself and others which can help tackle the spread of Norovirus head on.”

Hand hygiene – do it thoroughly. Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry.

For more information please visit www.nhs.uk/norovirus.

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