NHS Western Isles is offering advice to the public, to help prevent the spread of
Islanders are urged to take precautions to avoid catching or spreading the winter
vomiting bug to others.
Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that spreads through direct contact, from
contaminated surfaces including food, and from vomit droplets.
The first sign is usually a sudden sick feeling, followed by forceful vomiting and
Symptoms usually last a couple of days, although this can be longer in elderly people.
People are most likely to spread infection when they have symptoms, and for up to
48 hours after the symptoms have gone. It is more serious and even more easily spread
among people who are already ill.
NHS Western Isles issues norovirus advice
28 November 2017
Visitors to hospitals and care homes in the Western Isles are specifically being
asked to wash their hands with soap and water before and after visiting.
They should stay at home if they have experienced any norovirus symptoms for 48 hours
after the last symptom.
NHS Western Isles Infection Control Manager, Janice Mackay, said: “Norovirus is the
most common stomach bug in the UK, affecting people of all ages every year. The virus
is easily spread by contact with an infected person, especially through their hands.
“As the infection is so contagious, we would urge members of the public to ensure
they follow infection control practices, and good hand hygiene is key to preventing
the spread of infection.”