NOROVIRUS cases are slowly rising in Ireland – after Covid-19 slowed the spread of winter vomiting.
During the pandemic restrictions the grim mistake Instead of spreading like wildfire, cases are piling up after lockdown measures were eased.
The Health Protection Surveillance Center has confirmed that 17 new cases of noroviral infection were detected in the week ended March 26.
And in 2022, 137 confirmed infections have been reported so far.
The 137 cases so far this year compares starkly with just 14 cases at the same time last year when Ireland was in a Covid lockdown and schools were closed – a 123 per cent rise this year.
The HPSC said of the 17 cases recorded in the week ended Tuesday, 11 were in the eastern region.
Irish parents have been urged to watch out for symptoms – and keep hands clean with soap and water as hand sanitizer isn’t effective against norovirus.
Lesley Larkin, chief surveillance officer for gastrointestinal infections and food safety at the UK health agency, warned: “As pandemic restrictions have been lifted and people have now started to mix more, norovirus outbreaks have increased.
“Symptoms include sudden onset nausea, projectile vomiting, and diarrhea, but also high fever, abdominal pain, and aching limbs.”
People are being instructed to stay at home if they have symptoms and not return to work or send children to school until 48 hours after all symptoms have resolved.
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Just like with Covid, with norovirus, visiting elderly relatives or people in hospitals and nursing homes must be avoided.
Larkin added: “Washing hands is key to stopping the spread of this bug, but unlike Covid, alcohol-based hand sanitizers do not kill norovirus, so soap and warm water is best.”
The HSE warn against going to the GP with the virus – as it spreads so easily to others.
The most common symptoms are nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Among the more unusual symptoms, some people may experience a low-grade fever, headache, painful stomach cramps, and aching limbs.
Symptoms appear a day or two after infection and usually last about two or three days.
As for treatment, the HSE advises: “The best thing you can do is stay at home until you feel better. There is no cure for norovirus, so you have to let it take its course.
“Children should not take medication for diarrhea. Anti-vomiting medication is sometimes helpful. Ask your pharmacist or family doctor for advice.
“The most important thing is to drink a lot to avoid dehydration.
“Oral rehydration solutions, available at your pharmacy, may be helpful in treating diarrhea.
“Take paracetamol if you feel unwell – read the leaflet before giving it to your child.”
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