Norovirus – United Kingdom

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154 outbreaks of Norovirus have been reported in England in the past weeks. The unusually high number of cases is linked to the easing of the COVID lockdown.

A high number of cases is usual for the summer months, but a high number of outbreaks have been reported. Symptoms include vomiting, abdominal aches, diarrhoea, high temperatures.

154 outbreaks were reported, the exact number of cases was not mentioned.

The government recommends that individuals wash their hands and stay home for 48hours after the symptoms go away to prevent the spread of the disease.

Photo: Norovirus particles electron micrograph.

Norovirus, sometimes referred to as the winter vomiting bug, is the most common cause of gastroenteritis.

Infection is characterized by non-bloody diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain. Fever or headaches may also occur. Symptoms usually develop 12 to 48 hours after being exposed, and recovery typically occurs within 1 to 3 days.

This may be through contaminated food or water or person-to-person contact. Risk factors include unsanitary food preparation and sharing close quarters.

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