Norovirus symptoms as Highly contagious bug spreads as people warned 'do not go to work' if you have bug

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The UK Health Security Agency has sounded the alarm as norovirus cases have surged to 75% above the expected levels for this time of year. The agency advises those affected to stay home to curb further transmission.

Amy Douglas, a Norovirus Epidemiologist at UKHSA, commented: "Norovirus levels were higher in April than we would usually see at this time of year and have been increasing. This is likely due to a combination of factors, but the colder weather we have had won't have helped."

She further advised, "Norovirus can cause dehydration, especially in vulnerable groups such as young children and older or immunocompromised people, so if you do get ill it is important to drink plenty of fluids. If you have diarrhoea and vomiting, you can take steps to avoid passing the infection on. Do not return to work, school or nursery until 48 hours after your symptoms have stopped and don't prepare food for others in that time either."

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Known for causing gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the stomach and intestines, norovirus symptoms typically include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and stomach cramps. These symptoms can range from mild discomfort to severe illness, reports Bristol Live.

Here are the full symptoms

Low-Grade Fever: Some individuals may experience a slight fever

Muscle Pain: Generalised body aches or muscle pain can occur, although it is less common

Fatigue: The infection can lead to a feeling of overall weakness and tiredness

Headache: Some individuals may experience a headache during the course of the infection

Symptoms usually develop 12 to 48 hours after exposure to the virus and typically last for 1 to 3 days. In some cases, especially in young children, older adults, and individuals with weakened immune systems, symptoms can be more severe and last longer.

Norovirus is highly contagious and spreads easily through contaminated food, water, surfaces, and close contact with infected individuals. Good hygiene practices, such as frequent handwashing and proper food handling, are crucial in preventing the spread of norovirus.

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