Sheffield council issues advice to parents and schools following norovirus outbreak in South Yorkshire

Sheffield Council has issued advice to parents and schools following an outbreak of norovirus in the region.

Friday, 29th November 2019, 9:44 am
Updated Friday, 29th November 2019, 4:07 pm
People are being urged to practice good hygiene to combat the spread of norovirus. Photo credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Public Health England said it is aware of the norovirus outbreak in Yorkshire, with one Rotherham primary school closing for two days because of illness.

Also known as the winter vomiting bug, the virus causes flu-like symptoms and sickness and is spread through close contact with someone with the illness, touching surfaces or objects that have the virus on them or eating food that's been prepared or handled by someone with norovirus.

The council shared NHS advice encouraging people with flu-like symptoms to stay hydrated, take paracetemol, prevent the spread of infection and stay at home for two days after symptoms clear.

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It added: “Illnesses such as diarrhoea/vomiting (norovirus) and other flu-like illnesses are at levels slightly higher than we would expect to see at this time of year.

“One of the best ways to protect against illnesses such as norovirus is by practicing good hygiene. This includes thorough hand washing with soap and warm water after using the toilet and before eating or preparing foods. Most people will make a full recovery within 1-2 days but it is important to drink plenty of fluids during that time to prevent dehydration especially in the very young, elderly or those with weakened immunity.

“Please do not visit GP surgeries and hospitals with symptoms. If you are concerned please contact NHS 111 or talk to your GP by phone.”

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