Bexley residents given norovirus warning

PUBLISHED: 09:48 19 December 2012

Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup

Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup


South London Healthcare Trust has warned Bexley residents that norovirus is circulating in the community.

While it says its hospitals, which include Queen Mary’s in Sidcup, have not been affected, more people than usual have been contracting the bug, with symptoms including vomiting, diarrhoea and a fever.

Symptoms can last for 12 to 60 hours, but most people recover within two days. There is no specific treatment but it is important that people with diarrhoea and vomiting drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.

The virus is easily spread from person to person so individuals should wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water.

Almost 900,000 people in England alone have been infected with norovirus so far this winter.

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