Vomiting bug alert for town

Antibacterial hand gel - a 'basic precaution' to prevent the spread of the winter vomiting bug norovirus
Antibacterial hand gel - a 'basic precaution' to prevent the spread of the winter vomiting bug norovirus
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HEALTH chiefs are still warning Wiganers to be on their guard as a vomiting and diarrhoea bug closes hospital wards across the region.

The highly contagious norovirus closed the Astley and Aspull wards at Wigan Infirmary last week and although health bosses at WWL say there are no current outbreaks, they are keeping a close eye on developments.

The bug can be transmitted by contact with an infected person; by contact with contaminated surfaces or objects or by consuming contaminated food or water. The virus spreads rapidly in closed environments such as hospitals, schools and care homes.

Symptoms of norovirus include a sudden onset of vomiting and/or diarrhoea. Some people may have a temperature, headache and stomach cramps. The illness usually resolves in one or two days and there are no long-term effects.

John Harris, an expert in norovirus at the Health Protection Agency said: “Norovirus is very contagious so we would urge anyone who thinks they may be unwell with norovirus to stay at home and stay away from hospitals and care homes.

“The infection is short-lived although it is very unpleasant while you are unwell.

“Most people will not need to go to see their doctor and will recover in a couple of days. It is important to take plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.”