Norovirus – India

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72 cases and 4 deaths of Gastroenteritis in Kathore village, Gujarat state, India due to gutter-laced drinking water.

Local officials reported that the individuals had been suffering from vomiting and diarrhea since Sunday (the 30th of May). Infection occurred because the drinking pipeline was contaminated with sewage.

72 cases, 4 deaths but up to 250 people seem to be impacted.

The government has distributed ORS (oral rehydration salts) pouches to those in the impacted village.

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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