A public health warning has been issued after an outbreak of the Norovirus superbug in Cornwall.
NHS Kernow and the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust are asking people with any symptoms of diarrhoea and sickness to stay away from any hospital.
Health bosses also warned the public to avoid going to the emergency department at Treliske if they were able to manage the symptoms themselves.
The Royal Cornwall Hospital confirmed Norovirus had been discovered on two wards in Truro with 17 people affected.
Lisa Johnson, NHS Kernow’s infection control nurse consultant said: “Norovirus is a particularly nasty bug which can easily create huge problems for our hospitals trying to cope with ill patients as well as for individual sufferers.
“Everyone can do their bit to stop the spread of the virus by observing the basic rules of good hygiene. This will help reduce not only the spread of other bugs and infections, including seasonal flu, but will also do the same for Norovirus."
Health advice regarding Norovirus:
• Always make sure you clean your hands with soap and hot water when you enter and leave hospital, nursing home or other place where there are vulnerable people.
• Don’t visit anyone in hospital if you have symptoms of the Norovirus, including vomiting, diarrhoea, high temperature, aches and pains.
• Most people with the bug will make a full recovery within two to three days and are advised to stay at home, take paracetamol to relieve fever and drink plenty of water to replace lost fluids. Make sure you have some rehydration salts in your medicine cabinet.
• If you start to feel dehydrated, it is important to seek medical attention, particularly if you have a long term condition or you are elderly.
• If you are affected stay away from work and hospitals/GP surgeries until you’ve been symptom-free for two days.
• NHS 111 can give you round-the-clock help and advice, as well as your local pharmacist.