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22 October 2019Help control Norovius
People suffering from diarrhoea or vomiting are being urged not to visit family and friends in hospital due to a rise in norovirus in the community.
The virus has becoming more prevalent across the whole of Scotland over the last few weeks and has resulted in an increased incidence in some of our wards. Two wards have been closed at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
It is highly contagious and is transmitted by contact with contaminated surfaces, an infected person, or consumption of contaminated food or water.
The symptoms of norovirus are very distinctive – people often report a sudden onset of nausea, followed by projectile vomiting and watery diarrhoea.
Most people with norovirus will make a full recovery in 1-2 days. It is important to keep hydrated – especially children and the elderly.
Good hand hygiene using soap and water is important to stop the spread of the virus.