A Norovirus outbreak is taking the UK by storm, with a number of cases first reported back in December. The virus led to school closures and deep cleaning in a schools in Hampshire and Wiltshire. But what is Norovirus, what symptoms should you look out for, and how can you avoid it?
Norovirus causes gastroenteritis and is highly infectious
Public Health England explains that Norovirus causes gastroenteritis and is highly infectious.
It says: “The virus is easily transmitted through contact with infected individuals from one person to another.
“Outbreaks are common in semi-enclosed environments such as hospitals, nursing homes, schools and cruise ships and can also occur in restaurants and hotels.
“The virus is usually mild and lasts for one to two days.”
The NHS says there are six symptoms associated with Norovirus.
These include:Feeling sick (nausea) Diarrhoea Being sick (vomiting) A high temperature of 38C or above A headache Aching arms and legs
Norovirus symptoms: How do you know if you have Norovirus as an outbreak hits the UK (Image: GETTY)