Norovirus outbreaks in UK affecting hospital wards

Travellers should be aware that England has been experiencing a much greater than normal number of outbreaks of norovirus infection. In the last 2 weeks alone, the Health Protection Agency was notified of 53 suspected or confirmed outbreaks of norovirus. Of these, 45 (85 percent) led to hospital ward/bay closures or restrictions to admissions. So far in 2012, there have been 244 outbreaks of this virus reported. Since norovirus infection may occur as a mild infection, cases in an affected community may be much greater than reported since ill people may not seek medical attention and may not be reported.

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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