Winter sickness bug currently circulating
05 February 2019
Norovirus, also known as the ‘winter vomiting bug’, is commonplace within the community at this time of year and is currently circulating with reported cases at Southend University Hospital and at care homes across the community.
Symptoms include diarrhoea and vomiting and can be passed from
person to person. If you have had these symptoms in the last 48
hours, or have been in contact with someone who has, please do NOT
visit our hospitals to help us reduce the risk of norovirus
- Patients not affected by the bug should still attend their
- People can still collect patients who are ready to leave
To help prevent the spread of infection, people are advised
- Wash their hands thoroughly using soap and water and
- them after using the toilet, before preparing food and
- Not rely on alcohol gels as these do not kill the virus
- An infection with norovirus is self-limiting and most people
will make a
- full recovery in 1-2 days. It is important to keep hydrated -
- children and the elderly.
- Do not visit either A&E or GPs with symptoms as this may
spread the virus.
Good hand hygiene is important to stop the spread of the virus.
Local health partners across south Essex have developed a children's book to teach children
about the importance of washing their hands.
Further information and advice is available from NHS 111,
including an online symptom checker at www.nhs.uk.