Norovirus : Surge In Cases In UK
The United Kingdom has witnessed a significant increase in norovirus cases in recent weeks, with nearly 1,500 confirmed cases reported by the beginning of this month.
- This surge, amounting to a 60% rise compared to the same period last year, poses challenges for healthcare resources and staff, as highlighted by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine Scotland.
- It is commonly known as the “winter vomiting bug,” norovirus is a highly contagious virus causing symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
- Unlike the flu, norovirus is not preventable with a vaccine.
- Norovirus leads to inflammation in the stomach or intestines, resulting in acute gastroenteritis.
- Symptoms typically manifest 12 to 48 hours after exposure, with most individuals recovering within one to three days.
- The virus spreads easily through contact with an infected person, and there is no specific medication for norovirus.
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends drinking plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration, a common concern with norovirus.
- Regular handwashing with soap and water is crucial, as the virus can persist in the feces of recovered individuals for at least two weeks.