HSE issues warning after major increase in Norovirus cases
Norovirus cases are on the rise.
The HSE has issued a warning to parents after an increase in norovirus cases.
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has confirmed 735 cases this year. Less than 200 cases were recorded last winter.
The stark rise in cases is a major concern for the HSE as the virus can spread easily, especially amongst children.
Parents have been advised to keep children displaying symptoms away from creche and school.
The common stomach bug is spreading rapidly throughout Ireland.
Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea.
You may also suffer from a high temperature, headaches, sore limbs, and stomach cramps.
The HSE stated;
"Norovirus can be unpleasant but it usually clears up by itself in a few days.
"You can normally look after yourself or your child at home. Try to avoid going to your GP, as norovirus can spread to others very easily."
The HSE stressed that antibiotics will not cure patients.
Anyone presenting with symptoms should remain at home until their symptoms subside.
There are no treatments for this illness, but you just have to let it run its course. The highly contagious bug tends to last for 1 to 3 days, but it may last for longer in people who are medically vulnerable.
Anyone with norovirus should stay out of school and work until they're symptom-free for 48 hours.
You can read more about the virus here.