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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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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 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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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