Dramatic Rise in Norovirus Cases in the UK

Dramatic Rise in Norovirus Cases in the UK

The Health Protection Agency has reported a dramatic rise in the number of Norovirus cases in the UK this year, leading to the closure of 45 hospitals across the country.

Some 53 outbreaks of the winter vomiting bug have been reported at the NHS trust hospitals so far in the ongoing year. The number has risen largely by almost 50% than the last year taking the toll up from 1,301 to 1,975 cases in just one year.

However, Shropshire has remained lucky with least number of cases being reported there. It has reported a total of 35 cases in 2012-13 so far while almost no hospitals closed off to admissions regarding the same.

Doctors are still recommending the people with suspected symptoms to remain away from their sick relatives in the hospitals as highly contagious virus has grappled thousands across Britain. The number reported this year is highest in the five years.

Norovirus usually affects in winter and is, thus, called winter vomiting bug. It features vomiting, fevers, diarrhea and stomach cramps in the victims. It is highly communicable and spreads through contaminated food and water and being in contact with infected persons and surfaces. If you are suspicious of the disease, you may contact NHS on www. nhs. uk or make a call to 0845 4647 or ask your GP.