Norovirus is a virus that's a common cause of infectious gastroenteritis that results in diarrhoea and vomiting. Since it's most common during the winter months, norovirus is sometimes known as the winter vomiting disease, but infections can occur at any time of year.
Norovirus is very easily spread from one person to another. Outbreaks of norovirus where more than two people are infected can commonly occur where people are in close contact with one another for long periods of time, in situations such as:
- care homes
- cruise ships
It's important to wash your hands, particularly after contact with someone who is ill, after using the toilet and before preparing food.
To find out more about norovirus and how to stop it spreading, visit the NHS inform website.
For all infection prevention and control guidance visit the A-Z pathogens section of the National Infection and Prevention Control Manual.
Data and surveillance
View the latest norovirus surveillance reports:
Confirmed cases of norovirus
Norovirus ward and bay closures
NHS Boards report to us all ward and bay closures due to norovirus including number of patients and staff affected and length of outbreak. These figures are added to an ongoing dashboard where you can see figures by board and date.
NHS Health Scotland Norovirus 2018 Campaign
For this year’s norovirus seasonal awareness campaign, Health Scotland have developed some resources for organisations and individuals to help them spread the message.
This toolkit provides:
- posters and leaflets
- digital banner ads for websites
- infographics for social media accounts and websites
- pre-written Tweets and Facebook posts
The toolkit can be downloaded from the NHS inform website.