Outbreak of winter vomiting bug prompts warning from Nottingham hospitals

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An outbreak of norovirus - also known as the winter vomiting bug - has hit Nottingham's main hospitals.

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, which operates Queen's Medical Centre and City Hospital, is asking people not to attend if you have suffered from symptoms of norovirus within the last three days, after the bug hit patients on a number of wards.

Nororvirus typically lasts between 24 and 48 hours, and symptoms include vomiting and abdominal pain. The bug is highly contagious and is easily passed on.

A spokesman said: "We currently have norovirus on some of our wards.

"Please don't visit until you have been clear of symptoms for 72 hours."

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Public Health England says the best way to try to avoid Norovirus is to ensure good hygiene, including washing hands with soap and warm water before eating or after using the toilet.

Anyone who gets the bug is advised to stay at home and avoid visiting GP surgeries, hospitals and care homes while they are displaying symptoms.

City Hospital Hucknall Road Entrance

Dr Vanessa MacGregor, consultant in public health at Public Health England East Midlands, said: "Norovirus can be unpleasant and is easily passed on to those around you.

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"Most people get over it within a day or two but in the very young, elderly or those who have weakened immune systems it can last longer and it is easy to get dehydrated, so it is important to drink plenty of fluids to prevent this.

"It is transmitted by touching hands or surfaces that the virus has landed on. All services should be thoroughly disinfected after any episode of illness."