Meaning of winter vomiting bug in English:

winter vomiting bug


  • 1British informal A norovirus.

    ‘the winter vomiting bug is the most common cause of infectious gastroenteritis in England and Wales’
    • ‘Norovirus, also known as the winter vomiting bug, is the most common cause of stomach upset, affecting between 600,000 and a million people a year.’
    • ‘Gastric flu, the winter vomiting bug, spewmonia: whatever you want to call it, it's out there, somewhere, festering on every surface, waiting to infect me.’
    • ‘Norovirus, also known as the winter vomiting bug, causes severe sickness and diarrhea and is also known to kill as many 800 people per year.’
    1. 1.1Gastroenteritis caused by a norovirus, occurring especially during the winter.
      ‘two schools in the area have been closed after outbreaks of the winter vomiting bug’
      • ‘Dr Marie Laffoy of the Eastern Regional Health Authority said the winter vomiting bug spreads quickly.’
      • ‘Five million people have been struck with the winter vomiting bug in six months, it was disclosed yesterday.’
      • ‘Seven wards at the biggest hospital in the West have been affected by an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness, thought to be the winter vomiting bug.’
      • ‘The rampant winter vomiting bug has now spread to three Kerry hospitals, it has been confirmed.’
      • ‘A hospital has closed seven wards and cancelled operations after a suspected outbreak of a winter vomiting bug.’
      • ‘The Western Health Board, where the virus was first detected in this country, said the winter vomiting bug was under control at its hospitals.’
      • ‘It also provides frontline services in reaction to any outbreak of an infectious disease, including salmonella, meningitis and the winter vomiting bug.’
      • ‘At least 60 more schools across the region, the worst affected in the country, have reported being hit either by norovirus, the winter vomiting bug, or by influenza B.’
      • ‘A withdrawal of public health doctor manpower will mean no out-of-hours cover in the event of a meningitis outbreak, or an attack of the winter vomiting bug or food poisoning.’