Norovirus – Russia

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Acute intestinal infection was detected in 31 students of school No. 26 in the Nevsky district of St. Petersburg. Three children were taken to a medical facility, a norovirus infection was found in one child and four employees of the catering unit.

Three children were hospitalized in infectious disease hospitals of the city.

Violations of sanitary and epidemiological requirements during the current cleaning and disinfection were found. Also, violations were found in the catering unit, the rules for storing food products, the temperature regime for cooking.

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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