NHS advice for stomach bugs such as norovirus
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.
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