Norovirus – Russia

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School children from a gymnasium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, were tested for food poisoning possible for noroviral infection. Around 13 students fell sick initially and isolated requests for testing were received from families of the infected.

The norovirus spread through contaminated foods and surfaces. Frequent hand wash and cleansing of the vegetables are some of the ways to prevent transmission.

From the beginning of September, nearly 24 people with signs of food poisoning were infected. Although no cases of death were reported near about 40 similar complaints were received with respect to a deteriorated health condition and are under investigation.

Keeping oneself hydrated can help in recovery as there is no specific medicine to treat the noroviral infection.

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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