HOSPITAL bosses are asking people with the winter vomiting bug not to visit friends and relatives in hospital.
Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Calderdale Royal Hospital are unaffected by the norovirus sickness bug so far.
And they want to keep it that way, with the bug more likely to spread among those vulnerable to illnesses.
A spokesperson for the hospital Trust said: “The virus is commonly found in the community and can be spread person-to-person by several routes and outbreaks during the winter months are common.
“The virus is extremely infectious with up to 50% of people in contact with it becoming unwell.
“The Trust is asking people who have been showing symptoms themselves not to come and visit their relatives until they have been symptom-free for at least 48 hours unless they themselves require urgent medical attention. For health advice please contact your GP or NHS direct on 0845 4647.”
The Examiner reported earlier this week that almost 880,000 people nationally may be affected by an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug.
The number of laboratory confirmed cases of norovirus is 83% higher than the same time last year.
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) say there have been 3,046 confirmed cases of norovirus in England and Wales.
But for every reported case there are likely to be a further 288 unreported sufferers.
Huddersfield health chiefs say reports of the bug are on a par with the national level.
Dr Judith Hooper, director of public health for Kirklees, said people with norovirus should avoid going to hospital, unless symptoms deteriorate. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhoea, temperature, headache and stomach cramps.
Dr Hooper’s advice is to stay at home, warm, drink plenty of fluids and contact your GP if symptoms do not ease within 72 hours.