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Health / Tummy bug circulating, health board says

NHS Shetland is advising that a bug which causes diarrhoea and nausea is circling in the isles.

Like for Covid-19, people are asked to wash their hands regularly with soap and water to prevent picking it up or passing it on.

Consultant in public health Dr Susan Laidlaw said alcohol hand gel should not be relied on for the tummy bug.

“If you, or anyone in your family, have diarrhoea and/or you are vomiting you should stay away from work, school or other activities until at least 48 hours after the symptoms have stopped,” she said.

While there have been no locally confirmed cases of norovirus, also known as the ‘winter vomiting disease’, Dr Laidlaw said there were individuals in the community showing the symptoms.

“There are other viruses that cause the same sort of symptoms, and these are especially prevalent among children. The most important message is to keep your hands clean and to stay at home if you or your child is ill.”

No-one with these symptoms should visit a care home and they should also wait for at least 48 hours after being symptom-free before visiting one.

“For most people norovirus, or any kind of gastro bug is horrible, but only for one or two days before they make a full recovery,” Dr Laidlaw said.

“However, for people who are already unwell in hospital and for older people, it can be much more severe.”

More information can be found online.

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