Norovirus advice

Published on: Tuesday, 04-February-2014

Norovirus, which causes diarrhoea and vomiting, is one of the most common stomach bugs in the UK. Norovirus can be very severe in nature; there is no treatment for Norovirus but it is a self-limiting infection, lasting between 12 and 48 hours.

Norovirus can spread quickly and easily between people, particularly pupils and staff in schools and nurseries and between colleagues in the workplace. Norovirus is spread by close contact with someone who is being sick or who has diarrhoea.  Anyone displaying the symptoms should keep away from other people as they may pass on the infection.  You can remain infectious for up to 48 hours after your last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting.

You can help to reduce the impact of this infection by following the advice below:-

• Stay at home for a full 48 hours from the last symptom of the illness.

• Thorough handwashing with liquid soap and water should be maintained – especially after using the toilet.

• It is essential that Bleach or Milton solution is used for environmental cleaning (antibacterial cleaning solutions are not suitable).

• People with viral tummy bugs should not prepare food for others and should stay well away from food preparation areas.  This applies for 48 hours after your last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting.

• When coughing/sneezing everyone should be encouraged to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue, disposing of tissues and washing hands.

For further advice or information, please contact:-

The Environmental Health team on 0151 443 4712.
They will provide you with all relevant information and where necessary will contact the Infection Prevention & Control team.