HPA Releases New Figures On Number Of Cases
Illness lawyers have urged the public to ensure they follow recommended hygiene guidelines to protect themselves from norovirus, after new figures raised concerns about the number of reported cases in England.
According to new statistics from the Health Protection Agency (HPA), the 1,207 cases of the illness - also known as the ‘winter vomiting bug’ - reported to the body this year is higher than at the same point in any of the last five years. The research also found that cases of rotavirus among children in nursery schools are also up by a third compared to the seasonal average.
Following the release of the information, Irwin Mitchell’s team of illness experts are calling on the general public to do everything they can to protect themselves from the potential risks of developing serious health problems.
The national law firm have represented hundreds of victims who have suffered norovirus in the UK and abroad, helping them to gain justice and answers in relation to outbreaks and the health issues they have endured.
Suki Chhokar, a Partner and illness expert at Irwin Mitchell, said: “News that cases of norovirus are higher then ever is a significant concern that needs to be fully examined and considered.
“We would urge schools, businesses, nurseries and the general public as a whole to remember the importance of hand hygiene and the significant impact it can have on reducing and preventing the spread of serious illness.
“The impact of norovirus cannot be underestimated, as we have seen numerous instances where people have been left with permanent health conditions which can be traced back to suffering from such illnesses.
“Prevention needs to be a top priority and we would also urge the HPA and other authorities to take steps to review guidance on this issue. It is vital that everything possible is done to ensure that people are fully aware of their responsibilities and what they can do to reduce the risk of major outbreaks.”