Preschool and nursery facilities initiating norovirus spread

Preschool and nursery facilities initiating norovirus spread

Soap and water hand washing advice has been issued by a number of experts

Norovirus case instances are rising, particularly in nursery school across the country, according to a recent article on The Mirror website.

Author Ariane Sohrabi-Shiraz has picked up on warnings issued by Professor Saheer Gharbia, directorate of gastrointestinal pathogens and food safety at the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) warning of the increasing numbers of norovirus outbreaks in the UK, which seems to have accelerated in environments where younger children congregate.

“The increase in reported outbreaks was initially in educational settings, particularly in nursery and childcare facilities, with 48% more incidents reported to UKHSA than would be expected.”

Controlling the spread involves a tried and trusted method

The illness can be highly contagious warns Sohrabi-Shiraz, and can be spread by people coming into contact with surfaces or food that have the virus on them. The good news, is that prevention is a comparatively simple – and inexpensive – affair, involving a 20 second hand wash with good old soap and water.

And don’t be tempted by the “quick fix” of hand gels warns the article – for the very simple reason that they just don’t work!

“The best way to stop your child catching it is by washing hands frequently with soap and water. Alcohol hand gels do not kill norovirus, the NHS says.”

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Children learning to wash hands with a KiddiSynk at a preschool

Children learning to wash hands with a KiddiSynk at a preschool

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