Norovirus outbreaks are increasing in England, particularly in early year educational settings and some cases have been reported in care home settings.

Click here for guidance from UKHSA on norovirus
Click here for guidelines for the management of norovirus outbreaks

Common Symptoms of norovirus include: 
  • Sudden onset of nausea
  • Projectile vomiting
  • Diarrhoea

 

Other possible symptoms include:
  • High temperature
  • Abdominal pains
  • Aching limbs

 

How to reduce the spread of Norovirus in Care Homes or Supported Living/Flexicare settings:
  • Promptly isolate anyone that you support to their own room if they have diarrhoea and/or vomiting. Asking resident to confide themselves to their room until recovered and 48 hours symptom free.
  • Deal with any body fluid spillage promptly (wearing correct PPE and washing hands after) using disposable cleaning materials including mops and cloths. After cleaning with a detergent, disinfect with 0.1% sodium hypochlorite (1000ppm available chlorine – Chlorclean or Actichlor tablets made up daily with cold water). Be safe remember COSHH, refer to safety data sheets and make up in well ventilated areas.
  • Monitor unwell residents closely and encourage fluid intake to prevent dehydration.
  • Staff who become ill at work should be excluded immediately. Symptomatic staff should be excluded until recovered and they have been symptom-free for 48 hours.
  • If there are two cases in a residential setting (either amongst staff or residents) please notify PHE HPT so a risk assessment can be undertaken to confirm if the situation is an outbreak and additional action will need to be taken.

Phone: 0300 303 8537  or email EastofEnglandHPT@ukhsa.gov.uk

» More information can be found here from GOV.UK

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