People with winter vomiting bug urged to avoid hospitals

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People with symptoms of the winter sickness bug, norovirus are being encouraged to remain at home until at least 48 hours after their symptoms have ceased.

Norovirus is one the most of common winter sickness bugs circulating in the community at this time of year and South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is asking people with symptoms not to visit patients while they are feeling unwell.

Symptoms include diarrhoea and vomiting and can also include a high temperature of 38C and above.

It is a highly contagious bug that can be spread through close contact with someone who already has it, touching surfaces or objects that have the virus on them and eating food that has been prepared or by someone with symptoms.

A spokesperson for the trust said: “The trust currently has three wards closed to new admissions and visitors due to the winter sickness bug, norovirus.

“Members of the public with any symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting are asked to avoid visiting our hospitals until at least 48 hours after their symptoms.”

People with norovirus can usually treat themselves at home.

More information is available at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/norovirus/