AN OUTBREAK of Norovirus has forced doctors to close hospital wards in Cornwall this morning
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the facility has issued a Black Alert, known as "OPEL 4", which the NHS classifies as a "serious incident."
Johanna Floyd, general manager for urgent emergency care at the hospital, tweeted: "Royal Cornwall Hospital Opel 4
She added that "the hospital is under significant pressure this morning", adding: "Take advice from your GP to manage any Norovirus symptoms at home . "
What ar The symptoms of Norovirus
You are likely to have caught Norovirus if you experience a sudden sick feeling, projectile vomiting and watery diarrhea
Other symptoms may include a slight fever, headaches, painful cramps and aching limbs. 19659002] Luckily, the symptoms generally only last for about two to three days.
If you think you have contracted it, contact NHS direct but stay at home, as you will not be offered any treatment in hospital and you could put others
The symptoms do not last long, and you will normally feel healthy again after a few days
However, you are actually contagious for up to three days after you have recovered
Norovirus is one of the most common stomach bugs in the UK and is also referred to as "the winter vomiting bug", although it may affect people all year round.
It's very unpleasant but it's usually
The virus spreads easily over public places and is transmitted when a little particle of vomit or poo from an infected person gets into someone else's mouth. but it can happen – especially when you touch a contaminated surface and then put your hand in your mouth – or if you eat the food that has been contaminated
You can also catch it if you are in close proximity to an infected person and they breathe on you
Dr Sarah Jarvis, GP and clinical director of patient.info, told Sun Online: "You do not just catch it through people who are infected, you can also pick
"It's spread by the faecal oral route – so if you're infected, you'll pass out germs when you do and then if you do not wash properly then handle the food or touch someone else it passes the germs on.
"It's also quite difficult t "
In 2017, London was hit by a serious illness bug that saw several competitors and officials fall ill with gastroenteritis
In early January 2018 (19659002) During the second week of January, it was announced that cases had risen by a third in just a week
Earlier this year, Brits were warned of an outbreak in the West Midlands, East Midlands, Yorkshire and North East
It is thought to be worse in the winter as temperatures plummet but also as Christmas brings people into closer contact. pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 782 4368. You can WhatsApp us on 07810 791 502. We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours