Norovirus – Russia

Schools and kindergartens in the Yaransky district of Russia were closed due to the outbreak of norovirus.

The head of the Yaransky district reported that the first cases of the disease were detected on April 14, then there was a massive infection.

Norovirus is identified as the infectious agent causing intestinal upset, vomiting, abdominal pain, and fever up to +39 degrees in 144 school children within short time. The reason behind this outbreak is being investigated. The number of recovered cases in children is reported 28 as of 19 th April, with 116 remining sick.

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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