Norovirus (vomiting bug)

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Norovirus (vomiting bug)

Norovirus, also called the “winter vomiting bug”, is a stomach bug that causes vomiting and diarrhoea. It can be very unpleasant, but usually goes away in about 2 days.

The main symptoms of norovirus are;

  • feeling sick (nausea)
    – diarrhoea
    – being sick (vomiting)
    – You may also have:
    – a high temperature of 38C or above
    – a headache
    – aching arms and legs

The symptoms start suddenly within 1 to 2 days of being infected.

How to treat norovirus yourself

You can usually treat yourself or your child at home.
You should start to feel better in a day or two.

Stay off school or work until the symptoms have stopped for 2 days. Also avoid visiting anyone in hospital during this time.

This is when you’re most infectious, Norovirus can spread very easily.

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