Essex

Norovirus 'to peak' Essex health trust warns

The number of people affected by the winter vomiting bug in Essex will increase this winter, a health trust has said.

NHS North East Essex is warning people to maintain "tip-top cleanliness" to stop the norovirus spreading.

A spokesman for the trust said the bug affected about 6,500 people in the area in 2009.

But they expect the figure to rise as it will "hit the peak of its cycle", the spokesman added.

The winter sickness bug is more contagious than the common cold and causes vomiting and diarrhoea.

There is no treatment for the norovirus infection which usually fades away after 12 to 60 hours.

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