With Cruse Ship “Outbreaks” making national headlines on a regular basis, awareness of Norovirus – a group of highly contagious viruses that cause gastrointestinal illness – is extremely important.
Often called stomach flu, viral gastroenteritis, and food poisoning, Norovirus is spread through contaminated food, water, and surfaces, in addition to air and direct contact. Persistent in a variety of environments, Norovirus can survive for weeks outside the body. There is no immunity for the virus so anyone can get infected, and can have the illness multiple times. No vaccine is available to prevent or antibiotic to cure Norovirus so preventative action is critical to keep yourself and your family healthy.
Know the signs of Norovirus.
The below symptoms usually begin 1 – 2 days after exposure to the virus:
- Abdominal pain
In more severe cases the following symptoms may occur:
- Fever/ Chills
- Weight loss
Treatment & Prevention
Norovirus is self-limiting illness that usually lasts about 1-3 days, Stay well hydrated and rested to improve immune strength and replace lost fluids. The best way to prevent illness is good hygiene so, thoroughly wash hands, handle food with care, and disinfect contaminated surfaces with a mixture of detergent and bleach.
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