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Doctor insights on: Norovirus Outbreak Charts

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

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. 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


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WHAT is the Norovirus natural habitat or host? How does it start up an outbreak? Where does it go when outbreaks die down?

WHAT is the Norovirus natural habitat or host? How does it start up an outbreak? Where does it go when outbreaks die down?

CDC: The studies I read on the CDC's website suggested the most common mode of transmission is foodbourne, with restaurants, schools, hospitals, and long-term care facilities being at the top of the list of most common places to contract it. It most likely always is alive in some food or someone but transmission is held at bay or can be increased depending on contact and hand washing. ...Read more

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Stomach flu outbreak at a RCFE. Visit ban in place for a week now. What is the implication? How could a ban last for several weeks?

Stomach flu outbreak at a RCFE.  Visit ban in place for a week now.  What is the implication?  How could a ban last for several weeks?

Perhaps: they don't want visitors to become ill due to acquiring "the stomach flu?" A stomach flu virus can last as long as two weeks in someone with an intact immune system, and longer in someone who is immunocompromised due to medications or illness. ...Read more

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How many days quarantine is considered typical when there is a stomach flu outbreak at a RCFE? This one RCFE has been in quarantine for four days.

How many days quarantine is considered typical when there is a stomach flu outbreak at a RCFE?  

This one RCFE has been in quarantine for four days.

That isn't a long: time. Mostly it depends on a lot of specific details such as the cause of the outbreak (cholera, dysentery, c diff, hepatitis A would be quite bad). And if the outbreak is getting worse. ...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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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 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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