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Vomiting bug strikes down more than 1,000

MORE than 1,000 people have been struck down by the dreaded winter vomiting bug.

The latest figures show that around 72 people contracted noroviral infection in the week ending October 27.

This brought the numbers affected by the bug this year to 1,029 -- which was an increase of 194 on the previous year's figure.

The winter vomiting bug disease can be spread when someone vomits and small aerosols containing the virus enter the air. Only very small amounts of the virus are needed to cause illness and it's easily spread in closed communities.

The incubation period is usually between 24 and 48 hours. This is followed by severe and sudden projectile vomiting, diarrhoea and fever symptoms, which last about 48 hours.

Although the infection is undoubtedly unpleasant, it is rarely dangerous.

There's no specific treatment, but rest and drinking plenty of water are recommended.