Norovirus : Cases Detected In Kerala
The Kerala Health Department recently confirmed two cases of the gastrointestinal infection Norovirus in class 1 students in the Ernakulam district.
- The Norovirus, also known as the “winter vomiting bug,” causes vomiting and diarrhoea.
- The most common infective agent is contaminated water or food.
- The virus spreads via faeces to the mouth.
- Consuming contaminated food or liquids, touching contaminated surfaces or objects, or coming into direct contact with an infected person.
- Symptoms: Acute gastroenteritis is caused by inflammation of the stomach or intestine. Diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea, and stomach ache are also symptoms. Fever, headaches, and muscle pain may also persist.
- The symptoms usually appear 12 to 48 hours after the virus has been exposed.
- It affects particularly children, the elderly, and people suffering from other illnesses.