Norovirus Attacks the World

Posted on March 6, 2013 by


The norovirus is a genetically diverse group of single-stranded RNA, non-enveloped viruses in the Caliciviridae family.  The most common transferral of the virus is person to person contact, although it can be transferred by fecally contaminated food or water and aerolization of the virus with subsequent exposure to surfaces.

Noroviruses are the most common cause of viral gastroenteritis in humans and affect people of all ages.  The virus’s symptoms include nausea, forceful vomiting, watery diarrhea, abdominal pain, and in some cases, loss of taste.

Other possible symptoms include general lethargy, weakness, muscle aches, headache, coughs, and low-grade fever.
It has been affecting the world around at large and causing many people to suffer, with possible hospital trips for the afflicted.

The virus has also been observed in the United Kingdom as the winter vomiting bug, and recently it has affected the students in Fleetwood with horrible symptoms, causing them to miss days of school and potentially fall behind.

I haven’t seen much of the virus in Fleetwood,” nurse Bonnie Fansler said.  “But it is certainly affecting the world.”

Her suggestions for preventing it is to “eat properly, drink lots of water, wash hands very frequently, sleep properly, and avoid contact with those currently affected”

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that people “carefully wash fruits and vegetables, cook oysters and other shellfish thoroughly before eating them, clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces (especially after vomiting or having diarrhea) using a solution of bleach and water, and wash laundry thoroughly that may have been contaminated with vomit and stool.”

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