NHS ad­vice for stom­ach bugs such as norovirus

Derby Telegraph - - NEWS - By JAMES RODGER

A VOM­IT­ING bug caus­ing havoc in the South West has spread to Der­byshire.

Peo­ple have been getting ill for days with norovirus-like symp­toms that can re­sult in vom­it­ing and di­ar­rhoea.

NHS au­thor­i­ties have al­ready taken ac­tion to pre­vent the virus spread­ing fur­ther, ac­cord­ing to the Birm­ing­ham Mail.

The ill­ness is said to be sim­i­lar to the highly-con­ta­gious norovirus which typ­i­cally sweeps the coun­try through­out Novem­ber and De­cem­ber.

Cases have been re­ported across the UK.

Pub­lic Health Eng­land and the NHS have ad­vised peo­ple who be­lieve they have the bug to fol­low strict hy­giene pro­ce­dures.

Peo­ple have re­ported they have suf­fered pro­jec­tile vom­it­ing, di­ar­rhea, aches, pains and headaches.

Sally Ball, from Der­byshire, said: “My son, daugh­ter and grand­daugh­ters caught it last week. Now me and my part­ner have been suf­fer­ing with it. I have an auto im­mune dis­ease so I have had it now for four days.

“It is dread­ful. I have never felt so ill in my life. Why are peo­ple not be­ing in­formed about it as it has ob­vi­ously spread across the coun­try quite quickly. If peo­ple are aware they can put pro­ce­dures in place to help pre­vent the spread.” The norovirus bug TRY to avoid go­ing to your GP, as norovirus can spread to oth­ers very eas­ily. Call your GP or NHS 111 if you’re con­cerned or need any ad­vice.

SYMP­TOMS

You are likely to have norovirus if you ex­pe­ri­ence sud­denly feel­ing sick, pro­jec­tile vom­it­ing, wa­tery di­ar­rhoea.

Some peo­ple also have a slight fever, headaches, painful stom­ach cramps and aching limbs.

The symp­toms ap­pear one to two days after you be­come in­fected and typ­i­cally last for up to two or three days.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE NOROVIRUS

Stay at home un­til you’re feel­ing bet­ter. There’s no cure for norovirus, so you have to let it run its course

You don’t usu­ally need to get med­i­cal ad­vice un­less there is a risk of a more se­ri­ous prob­lem

Drink plenty of flu­ids to avoid de­hy­dra­tion. Drink more than usual to re­place the flu­ids lost from vom­it­ing and di­ar­rhoea. As well as water, adults could also try fruit juice and soup.

Avoid giv­ing fizzy drinks or fruit juice to chil­dren as it can make their di­ar­rhoea worse.

Ba­bies should con­tinue to feed as usual, ei­ther with breast milk or other milk feeds

Take parac­eta­mol for any fever or aches and pains

GET PLENTY OF REST

If you feel like eat­ing, eat plain foods

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