WARNINGS have been put in place for people suffering from sickness bugs to help stop the spread.
Medical experts have said that the norovirus is particularly widespread at this time of year, which has diarrhoea and vomiting among its common symptoms.
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People suffering are encouraged to seek care at home first, due to how contagious the virus can be.
Dr Chris Clayton, clinical chief officer at NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG, said: “There’s no denying that the symptoms of norovirus can be pretty unpleasant, and many people’s first instinct when they’re struck down by the bug is to head straight to their GP.
“With something like a stomach bug, however, looking after yourself at home can often be the best option.”
The symptoms start around 12 to 72 hours after picking up the infection and can last up to 60 hours.