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Norovirus infection - what is it?

Norovirus infection - what is it?

'Stomach flu': It's one of the viruses that can cause gastroenteritis ('stomach flu'). It's now the most common cause of epidemic nonbacterial gastroenteritis in the world. It's highly contagious -- it sometimes takes only 10 virus particles to infect someone! ...Read more

Dr. Wendy Askew
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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What are the tests for norovirus infection?

What are the tests for norovirus infection?

PCR if needed: Specific testing is usually not needed for individuals with symptoms of norovirus infection. That's because, whether the symptoms are caused by norovirus or a different virus, the treatment is the same: hydration (and maybe vomiting or diarrhea medications) while the body clears the virus on its own. For special cases or public health purposes, stool or vomit can be tested by pcr. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of norovirus infection?

What are the symptoms of norovirus infection?

Diarrhea: Diarrhea is the most prominent symptom but patients often also have vomiting, malaise, muslce aches and fevers. ...Read more

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Do symptoms like norovirus infection go away quickly?

Do symptoms like norovirus infection go away quickly?

Viral Diarrheas: The major causes of gastroenteritis are viruses, accounting for 1/3 of acute diarrheal illnesses. These fall into 5 categories: rotaviruses (lasts 3-7 days); enteric adenovirus (last 5-12 days with vomiting and fever); norwalk virus (lasts 1-2 days with flu-like symptoms); calicivirus (with shellfish, lasts 1-2 days in adults; longer in kids); astrovirus (kids & in nursing homes, lasts 2-3 days). ...Read more

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Do lots of people get norovirus infection, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get norovirus infection, or is it unusual?

Yes: Not uncommon, but usually with people in close proximity to each other, like at schools or on cruise ships. ...Read more

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If you contract a bad case of norovirus infection, would you die?

It's possible.: It's possible to get so dehydrated that you could be seriously ill and die without medical care. If you think you have gastroenteritis and can't keep anything down, or if you stop producing urine, please see a doctor right away! ...Read more

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What is the treatment for norovirus infection?

Hydration: Norovirus is a virus that commonly causes vomiting and diarrhea. It is extremely contagious by contact with microscopic amounts of vomitus or stool. The treatment is aimed at the symptoms. Anti-vomiting and anti-diarrhea medications can be used if needed. The most important treatment is to keep well hydrated and the body will clear the virus on its own. ...Read more

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What are the tests for norovirus infections?

PCR if needed: Specific testing is usually not needed for individuals with symptoms of norovirus infection. That's because, whether the symptoms are caused by norovirus or a different virus, the treatment is the same: hydration (and maybe vomiting or diarrhea medications) while the body clears the virus on its own. For special cases or public health purposes, stool or vomit can be tested by pcr. ...Read more

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Will norovirus infections kill me?

Will norovirus infections kill me?

Usually not: Norovirus infections are a common cause of gastroenteritis (diarrhea with nausea and vomiting). The infection is usually self limited. ...Read more

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My fecal lactoferrin level was high at 22, negative for infections, other than norovirus. I thought only bacteria increased FL. Could it be start IBD?

My fecal lactoferrin level was high at 22, negative for infections, other than norovirus. I thought only bacteria increased FL. Could it be start IBD?

Possibly: I have no experience with the use of Lactoferrin and I do not know what kind of symptoms you are experiencing. There is a post infectious irritable bowel described over the last few years. In my opinion best will be for you to initiate a log with food and drinks that you have and the type of symptoms- say bloating, diarrhea, etc. Once you have couple of weeks see your gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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I've been getting every infection and bug that's out there recently. Sinus, bronchitis, norovirus, uti, abscesses on my arms. not normally like this?

I've been getting every infection  and bug that's out there recently. Sinus, bronchitis, norovirus, uti, abscesses on my arms.  not normally like this?

Get blood,work: Speak with your doc about getting more detailed blood work. Do you have,children who are switching or,entering new schools? Sometimes that sort of change can lead to less resistance to illness. However, given the range of symptoms you are describing, a visit to your doc is probably the first,stop. Good luck. ...Read more

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If norovirus got into the respiratory tract... Can it cause a respiratory infection?

If norovirus got into the respiratory tract... Can it cause a respiratory infection?

Sort of...: Norovirus usually causes more GI problems than pulmonary, but cough can develop. Usually, an infection is self limited, but if it was severe, and you became physically diminished, then secondary pneumonia could develop. Hope this helps. Good luck. ...Read more

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What would happen if norovirus particles got into the lungs instead of the stomach... Would it cause a respiratory infection?

What would happen if norovirus particles got into the lungs instead of the stomach... Would it cause a respiratory infection?

Unlikely: This virus appears to be specific for infections of the GI tract, and am unaware of evidence for urt infections. ...Read more

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Had the stomach flu Thurs-Sun & now I'm breaking out in hives. I read hives can be from infections. But all my other Sx are gone..?

Had the stomach flu Thurs-Sun & now I'm breaking out in hives. I read hives can be from infections. But all my other Sx are gone..?

Hives: can be caused by any viral infection, and can last for few days - weeks, if not controlled by OTC antihistamine taken regularly or stay more than six weeks despite treatment, you need to see your doctor, good luck ...Read more

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I'm mildly to moderately dehydrated due to having a stomach virus! i haven't urinated but twice today and it burned pretty bad and I have a constant urge now. I'm drinking perdialite now. But i had a urinealysis which was - for infection. Is this ok?

I'm mildly to moderately dehydrated due to having a stomach virus! i haven't urinated but twice today and it burned pretty bad and I have  a constant urge now. I'm drinking perdialite now. But i had a urinealysis which was - for infection. Is this ok?

Urge: If you have urinary frequency , urgency and dysuria ( pain when urinating) this can be signs of urinary tract infection, you may want to see your doctor for furhter evaluation if the simptoms persist, it is ok to drink plenty of fluid if you are dehydrated. ...Read more

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Have had stomach flu for 5 days. No vomiting but everything else. Should I take PPI to counter BAD heartburn or is acid needed to fight infection?

Have had stomach flu for 5 days. No vomiting but everything else. Should I take PPI to counter BAD heartburn or is acid needed to fight infection?

PPI's take: to long to be effective. Try taking OTC H-2 Blocker (eg PEPCID (famotidine) AC) plus a liquid antacid but AVOID MAGNESIUM (eg Maalox) this may cause diarrhea! Hope this helps BTW Acid does NOT fight the infection! ...Read more

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I had a bad stomach flu 2 weeks ago, and ever since I have had a pain in my right upper thigh/groin area. Femoral area but no hernia lump. Infection?

I had a bad stomach flu 2 weeks ago, and ever since I have had a pain in my right upper thigh/groin area. Femoral area but no hernia lump. Infection?

Hernias : if you were coughing and straining it could be a hernia. The challenge is that a sac may not be palpable but you still could have a hernia. You will need a good exam by a doctor. Hope this helps. ...Read more

Dr. Scot Lewey
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Norovirus Infection (Definition)

A virus infection that causes extreme vomitting and diarrhia that is highly contagious and commonly spread through food or water that is contaminated during preparation or contaminated surfaces. You can also be infected through close contact ...Read more


Dr. David Cohen
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Stomach Flu (Definition)

Viral gastroenteritis is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces and foods that are carrying the virus. Symptoms include upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Sometimes ...Read more