Wednesday, 15 January 2020
Norovirus is a highly contagious virus and the most common infectious cause of diarrhoea and vomiting in the UK. It is often called the ‘winter vomiting bug’ as its peak season is over the winter months. It is easily spread between people, usually by an infected person not washing their hands properly after using the toilet. The most effective prevention is thorough hand washing.
Outbreaks occur every year in environments where people are together in close proximity; for example, in hospital wards, schools and nursing homes. Aside from hand washing, people who are infected should keep themselves isolated to try to stop others catching this highly contagious virus.
If you are suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting but are otherwise healthy, please do not come to the hospital for at least 48 hours after the symptoms have stopped. People bringing the virus into the hospital might put vulnerable patients at risk.