Winter bug alert remains

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AS cases of the winter vomiting and diarrhoea bug are soaring, Wiganers are still being warned of it spreading.

The highly contagious norovirus closed the Astley and Aspull wards at Wigan Infirmary two weeks ago, but they were re-opened last week after an intensive deep clean.

While there are no current outbreaks, the Health Protection Agency has reported nationally that cases of people suffering from norovirus are 83 per cent higher than at this time last year.

Symptoms include a sudden sick feeling following by forceful vomiting and watery diarrhoea; raised temperature; headaches; stomach cramps and aching limbs.

If anyone has the infection, they are advised to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration; take paracetamol for any fever or aches and pains; eat easily digestible foods; stay at home and don’t go to the doctor as norovirus is contagious, but contact your GP if the symptoms persist or if you already have a serious illness.

Care should be taken to prevent the virus from spreading by washing hands frequently, not sharing towels or flannels, and disinfecting surfaces the infected person has touched.