Tummy bug alert - keep safe
Viral gastroenteritis is an illness sometimes called a tummy bug and is often caused by viruses. The two most common viruses are rotovirus and norovirus.
The virus causes vomiting and diarrhoea (runny poos) and a person may also have a fever or tummy pains.
Symptoms can last 24-72 hours for norovirus and 4-6 days for rotovirus.
The illness is very easily passed on to other, even before symptoms start. You should increase hygiene in and around the home: wash and dry hands thoroughly, wipe down household surfaces with bleach-based disinfectant, bathroom and toilet areas should be cleaned regularly with bleach-based cleaning products. Use separate towels for the unwell person and wash any clothing or bedding in hot water. The unwell person should not share food or drinks, or prepare food themselves.
Anyone who is unwell should not go to work or attend school or early childhood until after they have been well (no vomiting or diarrhoea) for 48 hours.
To stay well, drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. This is especially important for babies, young children and the elderly.
If your vomiting or diarrhoea is severe or you are not getting better call Healthline on 0800 611 116 or see your family doctor.
Further information on Gastroenteritis is available here.