Norovirus – Russia
Krasnoyarsk, Russia sees outbreak of noroviral disease at school cafeteria.
37 students at the school developed acute intestinal infection. Another report says that from October 6-7th, six students applied to the city’s medical facilities for help, although only one was hospitalized.
The school is Krasnoyarsk school No. 56, and the results of noroviral disease genotype 2 were confirmed through laboratory tests.
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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