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Norovirus cases nearly 50pc higher than seasonal average, UK health experts report

Norovirus cases were nearly 50 per cent higher at the end of December, compared with the seasonal average.

There were also higher levels of other gastrointestinal infections, such as rotavirus and shiga toxin-producing E.coli, according to the latest flu and COVID-19 surveillance report.  

During the final eight weeks of 2023, particular increases in norovirus activity were seen in adults aged 65 and older. The report notes that the majority of outbreaks were in care home settings.

Amy Douglas, norovirus epidemiologist at UKHSA, said: ”If you are unwell, avoid visiting people in hospitals and care homes to avoid passing on the infection in these vulnerable settings.”

Overall COVID-19 activity showed mixed activity between week 52 and 51, with decreases observed in some age groups, regions, and ethnic groups in week 52.

The highest hospital admission rate is currently in South West at 6.48 per 100,000. Most regions experienced an increase in hospital admission rates this week.

Among age groups, those aged 85 years and over had the highest hospital admission rate, reaching 55.01 per 100,000.

According to the report, 70.2 per cent of the over-65s have been vaccinated against Covid-19.

Positive diagnoses of influenza also increased slightly to 11.8 per cent in week 52 compared to 11.2 per cent in the previous week.

Primary care surveillance indicated a decrease in influenza-like-illness (ILI) consultations to 4.9 per 100,000 in week 52  

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