Kingston and Surbiton Norovirus update
By adam_leone | Tuesday, January 08, 2013, 15:26
New figures from the Health Protection Agency have revealed nearly 4,000 cases of the Norovirus has been confirmed this season.
It's three times as many as last year.
However, in spite of this Kingston Hospital has seen only 8 of these since November 2012.
A Kingston Hospital spokesperson has renewed calls for people who suspect they may be suffering from the virus to stay at home, and stay inside for at least 48 hours after symptoms have disappeared.
Christopher Jenkins, 25, from Surbiton claims he suffered from the Norovirus: "It was a horrible thing to experience, and the speed it comes on is unexpected."
"I can't say it was a good start to the new year, everyone just thinks you're hungover, but the symptoms are a lot worse than a hangover."
"I think I picked it up at a party just before New Years Eve, which means someone who might have had it, decided to mix with other people."
"I don't think it was passed on deliberately, and I haven't heard any of my other friends falling ill - But I think people who have it, or think they have it should just stay away from other people for at least a week."
Experts believe the rate in which people catch the virus is set to increase of the next few weeks.
John Harris, an expert in norovirus from the HPA said: "As we have seen in previous years there has been a dip in the number of confirmed laboratory reports owing to the Christmas and New Year period."
"Norovirus is very contagious, and anyone who has had it knows it is very unpleasant. If you think you may have the illness then it is important to maintain good hand hygiene to help prevent it spreading."
"We also advise that people stay away from hospitals, schools and care homes as these environments are particularly prone to outbreaks."
Norovirus can be transmitted by contact with contaminated surfaces or objects, by contact with an infected person, or by the consumption of contaminated food or water.
Symptoms of norovirus include a sudden onset of vomiting and/or diarrhoea. Some people may have a temperature, headache and stomach cramps.
The illness usually resolves in one or two days and there are no long-term effects.