UK Norovirus Winter Vomiting Bug

December 28, 2012 by  

UK Norovirus Winter Vomiting Bug, Cases of the winter vomiting bug norovirus in England and Wales have topped a million, latest figures from the Health Protection Agency suggest.

It said there were 3,538 lab-confirmed cases up to 16 December – but that for each another 288 go unreported.

The figure is 83% higher than at this stage last year – but has not increased greatly since last week.

Norovirus is a highly contagious short-term illness and causes severe vomiting and diarrhoea.

It can be spread through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects, by contact with an infected person, or by the consumption of contaminated food or water.

The HPA’s figures show that – so far this year – there are 83% more cases than there were at the same point in 2011 when there had been 1,934 norovirus cases reported.

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