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The local NHS is asking you to help stop nasty winter bugs from spreading over the coming months. With winter approaching, GPs in west Hampshire are advising patients to help stop a nasty winter virus called noroviruses from spreading – also known as the winter vomiting bug.

Although norovirus is not usually dangerous with no long-lasting effects, norovirus is particularly unpleasant, with a sudden feeling of sickness followed by vomiting and diarrhoea. Some people may also have headaches, a raised temperature, painful stomach, and aching limbs.

Most people make a full recovery within a couple of days, but while you have it norovirus is highly contagious and can remain active on hard surfaces for days.

GPs in west Hampshire are advising anyone with norovirus to follow these top tips to stop norovirus from spreading:

Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water, particularly after using the toilet and before preparing food.
Don't share towels and flannels.
Disinfect any surfaces or objects that could be contaminated with the virus. It's best to use a bleach-based household cleaner.
Wash any items of clothing or bedding that could have become contaminated with the virus. Wash the items separately and on a hot wash to ensure that the virus is killed.
Flush away any infected faeces or vomit in the toilet and clean the surrounding toilet area.
Avoid eating raw, unwashed produce and only eat oysters from a reliable source. Oysters have been known to carry the norovirus.
It’s important to stay at home for 48 hours and to be cautious around visiting hospital facilities.

Dr Sarah Schofield, local GP and Chair of West Hampshire CCG, says:

“Norovirus is nasty and can spread very quickly. You can help us to stop the bug by washing your hands and disinfecting items which might be contaminated. If you think you have norovirus, please be reassured that norovirus is very rarely dangerous and you can manage the symptoms at home. My advice is to stay at home for a couple of days, allow for the symptoms to pass, and please be cautious about visiting hospital facilities.

“The virus can affect anyone, including young children and the elderly, so if you need advice and you’re unsure of what to do, call NHS 111”.

For more information on norovirus, visit NHS Choices: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Norovirus/Pages/Introduction.aspx