Warning over winter vomiting bug
11:14am Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
SCHOOLS, nurseries and care homes have been put on alert as the start of the winter vomiting bug season gets under way.
Those affected with diarrhoea, vomiting or stomach cramps are being urged to stay at home until they have been symptom-free for at least 48 hours to stop infecting others.
Cllr Margaret Morris, assistant mayor for health and wellbeing for Salford Council, said: “It spreads mainly through contact with an infectious person, but also from touching contaminated surfaces or items, or eating contaminated food or water.”
Melanie Sirotkin, the council’s director of public health, added: “The best protection is to wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water.
“Singing two rounds of ‘Happy Birthday’ while you wash is the right amount of time to beat the germs. Then dry your hands well with paper towels, a strong hand dryer or a clean towel. Alcohol-based gels don’t work against norovirus.
“Adults or children who contract the virus must stay away from nursery, school, work or public places until they have been free of any symptoms for 48 hours. It’s crucial, even if they feel better, because they can still infect others.
“If you do get the virus, there’s no treatment other than letting it run its course, but try to drink as much as you can to avoid dehydration.
“Most people will recover within a couple of days but young children and elderly people can become very dehydrated and it can land them in hospital.”
Norovirus symptoms will begin about 12 to 48 hours after the patient becomes infected and last for 12 to 60 hours.
“They will start with the sudden onset of nausea, followed by vomiting and diarrhoea. Some may have a raised temperature, headaches and aching limbs.
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