Warning over rise in winter vomiting bug

The Public Health Agency has called for people to be aware of an increase in levels of the winter vomiting virus.

Dr Lorraine Doherty, Assistant Director of, said: “Winter vomiting virus, also known as norovirus, is a frequent hazard to health that causes unpleasant and brief illness for many people. The most commonly reported symptoms are nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, which can begin suddenly.

“In some people, these are also accompanied by a raised temperature, headache and sore limbs. The illness can last as little as 12 hours or up to three days. The only treatment is to stay at home, rest, take plenty of fluids, and to reduce contact with others both in the home and at work. It is very important for people who have symptoms of illness not to visit hospitals or their GP surgery.”

Dr Doherty emphasised that winter vomiting virus is very infectious and can be easily spread in close-knit communities such asnursing homes, schools, hospitals and workplaces.