RESIDENTS are being urged to follow some simple steps to help them avoid the winter vomiting bug also known as norovirus.

The highly-contagious bug causes vomiting and diarrhoea and can affect people of all ages.

Dr Kieran Murphey, medical director from NHS England, Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral, said: “Norovirus, although not very pleasant, is not usually dangerous and most people make a full recovery within a couple of days without having to see their GP.

“If a child, or baby, gets norovirus it is very important to make sure they drink plenty of fluids in order to prevent them from becoming dehydrated.”

To prevent it spreading, residents should wash their hands thoroughly and frequently, especially after using the toilet, disinfect any surfaces or objects and wash any bedding that could be contaminated with the virus and avoid public places for at least 48 hours after the symptoms have stopped as you might still be contagious to others.