Norovirus – Belarus

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Norovirus outbreak in the Novoborisovskaya secondary school in Borisov, Belarus school left 27 children sick.

Most common symptoms include diarrhea and severe vomiting.

27 children received medical help, all of which were in outpatient treatment. The transmission was most likely spread through ready-made meals and contact-household transmission routes, according to epidemiology reports.

Photo: Norovirus particles electron micrograph.

Norovirus, sometimes referred to as the winter vomiting bug, is the most common cause of gastroenteritis.

Infection is characterized by non-bloody diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain. Fever or headaches may also occur. Symptoms usually develop 12 to 48 hours after being exposed, and recovery typically occurs within 1 to 3 days.

This may be through contaminated food or water or person-to-person contact. Risk factors include unsanitary food preparation and sharing close quarters.

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