The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has issued a reminder to parents of five steps they can follow to reduce viruses spreading in the community as schools return.
Along with rising cases of norovirus, the UKHSA has warned of higher levels of other gastrointestinal infections, such as E.coli.
In a message to parents, they said: “If you or your child have diarrhea and vomiting, washing your hands with soap and warm water and using bleach-based products to clean surfaces will help stop infections from spreading.
“Don’t prepare food for others if you have symptoms or for 48 hours after symptoms stop.
“If you are unwell, you should avoid visiting people in hospitals and care homes to avoid passing on the infection to those more vulnerable in these settings.
“Do not return to work, school or nursery until 48 hours after your symptoms have stopped.”
Dr Catherine Falconer, Deputy Director Health Equity and Inclusion Health at UKHSA, added: “The winter period can see an increase in some of the common seasonal viruses which disrupt children’s education and cause more serious illnesses.