Norovirus arrives earlier than expected in Britain

Officials at the Health Protection Agency reported that, so far, there have been 1,207 cases of norovirus infection confirmed by laboratory testing. However, this number is 27 percent higher than at the same time last year. It is estimated that there are thousands more people infected with this stomach virus who do not seek medical care and are not tested. Travellers can reduce the risk of exposure to norovirus by taking all necessary precautions to avoid contaminated food and water. Travellers should be aware that this group of viruses may persist on inanimate objects such as banisters, door knobs and other surfaces touched by ill persons. Good personal hygiene, especially hand washing, helps to reduce the risk of exposure.

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