Pre­vent the spread of in­fec­tions

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

NHS La­nark­shire is re­mind­ing peo­ple to take pre­cau­tions to help pre­vent the spread of in­fec­tions such as win­ter vom­it­ing and di­ar­rhoea over the fes­tive and early new-year pe­riod.

The re­minder comes at a time when the weather of­ten gets colder re­sult­ing in viruses like norovirus, colds and flu be­com­ing more com­mon.

How­ever, Emer Shep­herd, NHS La­nark­shire’s head of in­fec­tion, preven­tion and con­trol, is re­mind­ing peo­ple that fre­quent hand wash­ing and dis­pos­ing of used tis­sues can be the most ef­fec­tive way to help pre­vent the spread of th­ese ill­nesses.

Emer said: “Norovirus - also known as win­ter vom­it­ing dis­ease and/ or di­ar­rhoea bug - is highly in­fec­tious and can cause a very un­pleas­ant but gen­er­ally short­lived ill­ness.

“The main symp­toms are vom­it­ing and/or di­ar­rhoea and un­for­tu­nately there is no spe­cific treat­ment for the ill­ness apart from let­ting it run its course.”

If some­one is ill, thor­ough clean­ing of sur­faces with a bleach based so­lu­tion – es­pe­cially the toi­let and toi­let area - and clean­ing up vomit and the sur­round­ing area quickly will all help to re­duce the risk of spread­ing the in­fec­tion when other peo­ple come into con­tact with th­ese sur­faces.

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