Norovirus – Singapore

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151 people got the noroviral disease, or food poisoning, after eating from the canteen at the International French School in Singapore.

Parents said their children experience gastrointestinal symptoms after eating from the canteen.

151 people were infected, which includes both staff and students. No one was hospitalized as of 4/23/2021.

The school administration is doing an investigation.

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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