Wash hands to keep bug away
KEEP yourself and everything else clean! That’s the message from Kent’s Health Protection Agency (HPA) as the winter vomiting bug sweeps across the nation.
The fast-spreading norovirus is affecting businesses, hospitals and schools and the need to stop it expanding is being highlighted ahead of the holiday period.
Dr Mathi Chandrakumar, director of the HPA’s Kent Health Protection Unit said: “There is no specific treatment for norovirus infection apart from letting the illness run its course and drinking plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
“The virus can become difficult to contain making good hygiene especially important in preventing yourself and others from becoming infected.
“This includes thorough hand washing, especially after using the toilet, before and after handling or preparing food and before eating. Any contaminated surface should be thoroughly disinfected after an episode of illness.
“It is also very important people with viral gastrointestinal infections such as norovirus do not visit friends or relatives in hospitals, nursing or residential care homes.
“They should stay away from others until they are symptom free.
People who work in healthcare or food handling and children should remain at home from work and school for 48 hours after symptoms cease.”
The infections are generally short-lived but if symptoms persist, or seem to be getting worse, people should ask for a telephone consultation with their GP or phone NHS Direct on 0845 4647.