Norovirus – India

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At least 100 people became ill after drinking lassi (yogurt beverage) at a market in Odisha’s Malkangiri district on Friday.

It is believed that either the lassi drink was either fake or was contaminated by the seller. The majority of people experienced extreme stomach aches and vomiting upon returning home from the market.

60 people became seriously ill around midnight where they rushed to the hospital. A local fire service team is shifting more patients in critical condition to the hospital.

A laboratory is testing a beverage sample to find the source of contamination.

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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