Second wave of norovirus infection sweeping across England

A second wave of norovirus infection is sweeping across England. So far in 2013, laboratory tests have confirmed 6,579 cases of norovirus, but it is estimated that there are 288 unreported cases for every confirmed laboratory case. During the norovirus winter season, it is estimated that 1.8 million infections have occurred. Travellers can reduce the risk of exposure to norovirus bytaking all necessary precautions to avoid contaminated food and water.Travellers should be aware that this group of viruses may persist for some timeon inanimate objects such as banisters, door knobs and other surfaces touchedby ill persons. Good personal hygiene, especially hand washing, helps to reducethe risk of exposure and infection.

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