Norovirus – Russia

Poisoning incident on the Russian Murmansk-Adler train sees an increase in cases to now 87 children.

All 87 children are being treated in the hospitals of the Kuban. Doctors said the condition of the children are mild and moderate. There are 67 children in Tuapse with intestinal infection, 12 in Apsheronskaya, and 8 in Belorechenskaya.

A criminal case was filed on the children’s poisoning, and the train’s restaurant employee, where the children ate, was suspended from work.

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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