Norovirus infections extensive in Scotland this past year

Health authorities have estimated that one person out of every five in Scotland became infected with norovirus in 2012. Although generally a self-limiting illness, norovirus infection can disrupt and delay travel plans. 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 for some time 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 and infection.

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