Be alert to dangers of virus

Lancaster Royal Infirmary Hospital.
Lancaster Royal Infirmary Hospital.

Doctors in Morecambe and surrounding areas want members of the public to be on the lookout for symptoms of Norovirus and to take sensible precautions as the disease hits its peak.

Norovirus, sometimes known as the ‘winter vomiting disease’ because it usually occurs during the winter months, often starts to appear in the autumn, peaking during January. It is highly contagious and the most frequent cause of infectious gastroenteritis in England and Wales. Typical symptoms are vomiting and diarrhoea.

The sickness and diarrhoea can be distressing and you can also feel unwell with a temperature, headache, aching limbs and stomach cramps.

It can be very unpleasant while you have it. People suffering will feel very unwell initially but will usually improve quickly as the symptoms settle. It is a highly infectious disease, affecting people of all ages, with symptoms usually lasting anywhere between a few hours to a couple of days. Most people do recover quickly.

Good hygiene is particularly important in preventing yourself or others from becoming infected.

The NHS Choices website ( can provide further advice. You can also call the NHS 111 helpline.