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Doctor insights on: Norovirus Isolation Procedures

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What causes the norovirus?

What causes the norovirus?

Transmission: Noroviruses are in the Caliciviridae family of viruses & cause the most acute gastroenteritis in the US. Per Foodsafety. Gov: “People who are infected can spread it directly to other people, or can contaminate food or drinks they prepare for other people. The virus can also survive on surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus or be spread through contact with an infected person. ...Read more

Dr. David Cohen
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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


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What exactly is norovirus?

What exactly is norovirus?

Stomach bug: Noro virus is frequently involved as a causative agent in the outbreak of gastroenteritis in a community, cruise ship, or daycare center. ...Read more

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Is the norovirus airborne?

Mode of transmission: It could be from the droplets of the vomit of the other person. Can also be transmitted through contaminated food and utensils. ...Read more

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How do you catch the norovirus?

How do you catch the norovirus?

Fecal-oral route: Ingestion of contaminated food.

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Anything to help with norovirus?

Anything to help with norovirus?

Well hydrated: Norovirus often causes outbreak of gastroenteritis and dehydration ensues as a result. Small frequent sips of electrolyte solution such as pedialyte is the first thing to do. If oral rehydration fails, IV hydration will be required. ...Read more

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Is norovirus usually accompanied by pain?

Norovirus: Can cause abdominal cramps, some people even get muscle and joint pain and even headache, especially when feverish ...Read more

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How long can norovirus live outside a human?

How long can norovirus live outside a human?

NoroV Contagion: Whereas the symptoms usually begin 12 to 48 hours after ingesting the virus, there is no evidence that sick persons can become long-term carriers of the virus, but the virus can be in the stool and vomit of infected persons, from the day they start to feel ill to as long as 2 weeks after they feel better." http://www. Health. State. Mn.Us/divs/idepc/diseases/norovirus/basics. Html#duration. ...Read more

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How much time does norovirus last on surfaces?

Minimum of 12 hours: Published sources quote a range of norovirus survival duration on contaminated hard surfaces. The shortest duration cited is 12 hours. Most sources quote days to weeks. Decontamination with an appropriate product (such as bleach) kills the virus. ...Read more

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I think I may have the norovirus, what should I do?

Do you have diarrhea: What makes you think that you have norovirus. Unless you have diarrhea, you do not have to be concerned about the virus.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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How long after exposure do norovirus symptoms appear?

Variable: Usually 24-48 hours, but sometimes shorter, sometimes longer.
Communicable for up to 3 days AFTER symptoms resolve! ...Read more

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What are some ways to lessen the pain from the norovirus?

What are some ways to lessen the pain from the norovirus?

Tylenol (acetaminophen): Norovirus represent about 90% of the intestinal viruses which cause human disease. It causes severe intestinal distress with fever, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea being common. Patients report body aches which relate to the body's response to the virus. All we can offer is relief of any fever or pain using tylenol, (acetaminophen) which is preferrable to Ibuprofen or other NSAID which can irritate the GI tract. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the norovirus to start to recess?

Varies: The clinical course is often variable. Diarrhea and vomiting can last from 12 hours to 7 days. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what can I eat while suffering from norovirus?

Do not eat: Make sure you have enough to drink, since the main risk is for dehydration. If you do not feel like eating, do not eat. Once your appetite is back, start easy with a bland diet and advance it slowly. ...Read more

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Is it normal for people to get worried when norovirus is going around?

Is it normal for people to get worried when norovirus is going around?

Norovirus: Yes. Norovirus is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis in the United States. According to the CDC Norovirus outbreaks peak during November to April in the United States. The best way to prevent Norovirus is to wash your hands with soap and water frequently, and wash your fruits and vegetables. More tips here from CDC: http://www. Cdc. Gov/norovirus/preventing-infection. Html? S_cid=cs_074 ...Read more

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I am really worried, how to tell if I have norovirus or something more serious?

Test: You cannot tell unless you test. Anybody else with similar symptoms around you? Talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more

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How long does the norovirus live on the material of a couch and other surfaces?

Days to weeks: Https://www. Cdc. Gov/norovirus/downloads/keyfacts. Pdf
Hope this helps. Good handwashing. Good clean technique in kitchen when preparing food is best defense. Dr R ...Read more

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My husband got the norovirus and was sick on the 24 Istayed away from him and I haven't been sick yet but how long would it take for me to show symptom?

You're probably ok: The average incubation period of Norovirus is no longer than 48 hours, meaning that if you were infected, you would show symptoms within 48 hours of being infected or coming into contact with the virus. Maintain good hand hygiene.

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How do I avoid norovirus at the hosptial?

Hand washing: By hand washing or wear gloves as the virus can spread by digital contamination. ...Read more

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Is the norovirus an airborne pathogen?

Yes: This virus can be spread through air (aerosolization). It can also be transmitted by fecally contaminated food or water; by person-to-person contact; as well as the aerosolization of the virus and subsequent contamination of surfaces. ...Read more

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What number of different strains of norovirus are there?

Complex question: There's not a simple answer to this. There is only one species of norovirus, but there are at least 8 serotypes, five genogroups, and many genotypes. I know, that did not help much. Sorry. ...Read more

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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

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Could I have had the norovirus without vomiting?

Could I have had the norovirus without vomiting?

Norovirus Symptoms: Yes, you could have Norovirus with symptoms of vomiting. Diarrhea may be the only symptom. ...Read more

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What is considerd "close contact" when it comes to norovirus? If someone breathes on you?

Breathing - no.: Norovirus is spread through vomit and feces. And may be spread for a few weeks after the illness. There is no precise definition of close contact, but if you have potential to contact said secretions you are close enough. ...Read more

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Will gravol keep me from vomiting if I have norovirus?

Will gravol keep me from vomiting if I have norovirus?

Dimenhidranate: This antinauseant has less activity than dimenphenadrine and whether it will be effective in controlling vomiting from norovirus infection is difficult to predict. Depends on the severity of infection, size of patient, dose taken and a variety of other factors. Unlikely to be harmful. ...Read more

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Can the norovirus live in carpet?

Can the norovirus live in carpet?

Highly contagious: Norovirus can spread quickly in closed places like daycare centers, nursing homes, schools, and cruise ships. Read more at: https://www. Cdc. Gov/norovirus/about/transmission.html ...Read more

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How long is norovirus contagious on surfaces?

How long is norovirus contagious on surfaces?

Hours to Days: The virus can last up to 12 hours on surfaces, and has been found in contaminated carpet for up to 12 days (reference, the centers for disease control). ...Read more

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Can you catch norovirus from someone breathing on you?

Can you catch norovirus from someone breathing on you?

No: It is spread from fecal contamination of things subsequently swallowed. Aerosol inaction of particles swallowed may also occur. It is not spread from breathing it in. ...Read more

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What could I do to prevent from getting the norovirus?

Wash hands.: Thorough handwashing and hand sanitizing was what allowed cruise ships to get over their norwalk epidemics. ...Read more

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How much time are you immune to norovirus after having it?

Norovirus: Viruses mutate - so you might be immune to one strain of norovirus but not to others. ...Read more

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How likely am I to get norovirus if nuresery school worker?

Somewhat higher risk: Norovirus is a well viral agent causing outbreak of gastroenteritis. Since main mode of transmission is through fecal-oral route, faithful hand washing should minimize the chance to get infected with. ...Read more

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Is my boyfriend still contagious from norovirus after a week?

Is my boyfriend still contagious from norovirus after a week?

Variable: Most people are not longer shedding virus after 3 days but some can shed virus for several weeks. Highest infectivity is at the start or during illness. ...Read more

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Is there any place that doesn't have norovirus outbreak problems?

Places w/o people: If there are humans around, then norovirus infections are possible. It is a highly contagious illness causing vomiting and diarrhea. Good hygiene is essential to minimize spread. Here is a link to the cdc website on the virus: http://www. Cdc. Gov/norovirus/index. Html. ...Read more

Dr. Jason Berman
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Isolation (Definition)

Isolation is a clinical finding in which a person spends most of his time by himself, either by his own choosing or due ...Read more