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Don’t go to work or send your kids to school if you have 3 signs of norovirus, expert warns

EXPERTS have warned that it’s important to stay away from work or school if you have symptoms of norovirus.

Cases of the highly contagious belly bug have increased in recent weeks, according to the UK Health and Safety Agency (UKHSA).

A gastrointestinal virus can cause a high temperature

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A gastrointestinal virus can cause a high temperaturePhoto credit: Getty – Contributor

That “Winter Vomit” can make a person sick for about two days.

It causes vomiting and Diarrheaand sometimes a high temperature or headache.

The data shows that while norovirus is causing more outbreaks, it is generally circulating at lower levels than expected.

UKHSA says cases are below five-year average and compared to pre-Covid seasons.

However, rotavirus infections are six percent above the five-year average, with an increase in recent weeks.

Rotavirus is another stomach virus that causes diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

Babies should be vaccinated against rotavirus before the 15th week. But it is possible that breakthrough infections can occur.

dr Lesley Larkin, Surveillance Lead, Gastrointestinal Infections and Food Safety, UKHSA, said: “Norovirus and rotavirus are easily spread to those around you and while it’s uncomfortable, most people get over it within a day or two.

“However, it may take longer in the very young, the elderly or those with compromised immune systems.

“Symptoms of norovirus and rotavirus infection include vomiting and diarrhea, but also fever and abdominal pain or cramps.

“Stay at home if you have norovirus and rotavirus symptoms and do not return to work or school until 48 hours after symptoms have resolved.

“[Do] Do not visit elderly relatives, especially in nursing homes or hospitals, if you are unwell.

“If you catch these bugs, it’s important to drink water to avoid dehydration.”

dr Larkin warned that the measures taken to ward off these nasty stomach bugs are not the same as with Covid.

We’ve all gotten used to using alcohol-based hand sanitizer to prevent coronavirus infection – but this one don’t work against it norovirus and rotavirus.

“Washing hands with soap and warm water is often the key to stopping the spread of these insects,” said Dr. Larkin.

The signs of an upset stomach

The main signs of an upset stomach are:

  1. nausea or nausea (vomiting)
  2. Diarrhea
  3. abdominal pain or cramps

You may also have:

  • A high temperature
  • headache
  • Aching arms and legs
  • fatigue
  • loss of appetite

Signs of dehydration in adults and children

  • thirst
  • Dark yellow and strong smelling urine
  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • feeling tired
  • A dry mouth, lips and eyes
  • Pee little and less than four times a day

In children or babies

  • Few or no tears when crying
  • Eyes that look sunken
  • Fewer wet diapers than usual
  • crankiness or irritability

The NHS says norovirus can “spread very easily” if it’s just in close contact with an infected person.

Touching objects or surfaces or eating food prepared by someone with the bug are also ways of transmission.

Meanwhile, rotavirus spreads before a person even shows symptoms.

It is present in their stools for two days before they begin to feel unwell. If a person, including a child, doesn’t wash their hands properly after using the toilet, they can contaminate surfaces, food, and more.

Adults can also pick up and spread the virus from an infected child by helping them use the toilet or change their diapers.

With both rotavirus and norovirus, it’s possible to get severe dehydration caused by diarrhea and vomiting.

This can be life-threatening.

If you contract one of the nasty bugs, it’s important to keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

It comes amid a mysterious outbreak of childhood hepatitis that has seen 108 cases detected in the UK so far.

Eight have required liver transplants, which experts say is rare because children rarely get severe hepatitis.

Health officials have urged parents to watch out for signs of the condition, which include dark urine and yellow skin.

dr Meera Chand, director of clinical and emerging infections at the UKHSA, said there was increasing evidence linking hepatitis to adenovirus infection.

Adenoviruses infect the tissue linings of the respiratory tract, eyes, intestines, urinary tract, and nervous system.

Infections include the ear, colds, conjunctivitis, and tonsillitis, which cause symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, diarrhea, and fever.

“It’s not common to see this disease pattern from adenovirus,” the experts said.

dr Chaand urged parents to help prevent the spread of the virus by supervising their children’s hand washing to ensure they’re doing it thoroughly.

Respiratory hygiene includes encouraging children to sneeze into a handkerchief or the crook of their arm and cough into their hands.

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