Experts offer advice to East Lancashire people on avoiding winter vomiting bug

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy news editor

THE Health Protection Agency has issued advice on how to avoid the vomiting illness norovirus that traditionally becomes much more prevalent in the winter months.

Norovirus infection is the most common cause of vomiting and diarrhoea in the UK, affecting an estimated 600,000 to one million people every year.

The symptoms are severe vomiting and or diarrhoea.

It is generally a short-lived illness from which the majority of people recover in 12 to 60 hours without treatment other than rest and taking plenty of drinks to replace lost liquids.

The illness is highly infectious and great care needs to be taken to prevent its spread. When introduced to hospitals, residential care homes and other establishments where people live or work closely together it can have major consequences such as the closure of hospital wards to new admissions, NHS staff going off work sick and patient appointments being postponed.

Dr Ken Lamden, NW regional HPA lead for gastrointestinal illness said: “It isn’t easy to prevent norovirus infection spreading when it gets into hospitals, residential care homes and schools.

“All too often it leads to the closure of hospital wards to new admissions, NHS staff going off work sick and appointments being postponed.

“The impact on individuals and institutions can be limited with simple actions.

“People with the infection should stay at home, ensure that their personal hygiene is good, particularly hand-washing and avoid contact with others where possible.

“However, the elderly and very young can sometimes get more severe infection or become dehydrated.

“If that should be the case, they or their family, friends or the people who care for them should telephone their GP service or ask NHS Direct for advice.”

The NHS Direct telephone number is 0845-4647.

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9:08am Mon 19 Nov 12

2 for 5p says...

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“People with the infection should stay at home, ensure that their personal hygiene is good, particularly hand-washing and avoid contact with others where possible

That's east Lancs snookered then isn't it
Every week you see the filth rats going to work when there ill ,
and as for personal hygiene I have a shower once a day , half the people in Blackburn and Accy have one every Preston Guild.
Quote: “People with the infection should stay at home, ensure that their personal hygiene is good, particularly hand-washing and avoid contact with others where possible That's east Lancs snookered then isn't it Every week you see the filth rats going to work when there ill , and as for personal hygiene I have a shower once a day , half the people in Blackburn and Accy have one every Preston Guild. 2 for 5p
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9:44am Mon 19 Nov 12

A Darener says...

2 for 5p wrote:
Quote:

“People with the infection should stay at home, ensure that their personal hygiene is good, particularly hand-washing and avoid contact with others where possible

That's east Lancs snookered then isn't it
Every week you see the filth rats going to work when there ill ,
and as for personal hygiene I have a shower once a day , half the people in Blackburn and Accy have one every Preston Guild.
"and as for personal hygiene I have a shower once a day"
Going out in the rain doesn't count!
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: Quote: “People with the infection should stay at home, ensure that their personal hygiene is good, particularly hand-washing and avoid contact with others where possible That's east Lancs snookered then isn't it Every week you see the filth rats going to work when there ill , and as for personal hygiene I have a shower once a day , half the people in Blackburn and Accy have one every Preston Guild.[/p][/quote]"and as for personal hygiene I have a shower once a day" Going out in the rain doesn't count! A Darener
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5:40pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Chris P Bacon says...

2 for 5p wrote:
Quote:

“People with the infection should stay at home, ensure that their personal hygiene is good, particularly hand-washing and avoid contact with others where possible

That's east Lancs snookered then isn't it
Every week you see the filth rats going to work when there ill ,
and as for personal hygiene I have a shower once a day , half the people in Blackburn and Accy have one every Preston Guild.
Every week you see the 'filth (sic) rats' going to work? What, every week when you are going to sign on and then you express disgust as they have jobs and you, clearly, don't.

And you are lying when you claim to have a shower 'once a day'. That only happens when it's raining, with the state of your roof.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: Quote: “People with the infection should stay at home, ensure that their personal hygiene is good, particularly hand-washing and avoid contact with others where possible That's east Lancs snookered then isn't it Every week you see the filth rats going to work when there ill , and as for personal hygiene I have a shower once a day , half the people in Blackburn and Accy have one every Preston Guild.[/p][/quote]Every week you see the 'filth (sic) rats' going to work? What, every week when you are going to sign on and then you express disgust as they have jobs and you, clearly, don't. And you are lying when you claim to have a shower 'once a day'. That only happens when it's raining, with the state of your roof. Chris P Bacon
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5:37am Tue 20 Nov 12

2 for 5p says...

Chris P Bacon wrote:
2 for 5p wrote:
Quote:

“People with the infection should stay at home, ensure that their personal hygiene is good, particularly hand-washing and avoid contact with others where possible

That's east Lancs snookered then isn't it
Every week you see the filth rats going to work when there ill ,
and as for personal hygiene I have a shower once a day , half the people in Blackburn and Accy have one every Preston Guild.
Every week you see the 'filth (sic) rats' going to work? What, every week when you are going to sign on and then you express disgust as they have jobs and you, clearly, don't.

And you are lying when you claim to have a shower 'once a day'. That only happens when it's raining, with the state of your roof.
For your info I do have full time job
I do shower daily , and I have a perfect roof.
Odd comments ?
[quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: Quote: “People with the infection should stay at home, ensure that their personal hygiene is good, particularly hand-washing and avoid contact with others where possible That's east Lancs snookered then isn't it Every week you see the filth rats going to work when there ill , and as for personal hygiene I have a shower once a day , half the people in Blackburn and Accy have one every Preston Guild.[/p][/quote]Every week you see the 'filth (sic) rats' going to work? What, every week when you are going to sign on and then you express disgust as they have jobs and you, clearly, don't. And you are lying when you claim to have a shower 'once a day'. That only happens when it's raining, with the state of your roof.[/p][/quote]For your info I do have full time job I do shower daily , and I have a perfect roof. Odd comments ? 2 for 5p
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