Public reminded proper hand hygiene will curb spread of norovirus

We’re being urged to remember to wash our hands correctly to help curb the spread of the highly contagious norovirus.

Visitor restrictions have been introduced at University Hospital Kerry on a number of occasions in recent weeks as a result of an outbreak of norovirus, which is commonly known as the winter vomiting bug.

The head of the nursing department at the Institute of Technology Tralee, Gerardina Hartnett says the illness is easily spread and causes severe vomiting and diarrhoea.

It can be present in a person’s system for 48 hours before symptoms show, and the bug can remain in the system for up to two weeks after symptoms pass.

Gerardina Hartnett says correctly washing your hands can help prevent it spreading.

She is urging everyone, particularly those who are preparing food, administering medication or changing baby’s nappies to be mindful of proper hand hygiene: