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Norwalk Virus (Overview)

Norwalk virus is also know as norovirus, causes stomach upset with mostly vomiting and diarrhea. You can easily get the virus from one sick person to another, through droplets (coughing, sneezing), contaminated food, water, etc. No specific treatment. Usually most people will recover within 5 days.


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How dangers is the norwalk virus?

How dangers is the norwalk virus?

Dehydration: Usually resolving in a day or so, infants and the elderly can have prominent issues with dehydration. ...Read more

Norwalk Virus (Overview)

Norwalk virus is also know as norovirus, causes stomach upset with mostly vomiting and diarrhea. You can easily get the virus from one sick person to another, through droplets (coughing, sneezing), contaminated food, water, etc. No specific treatment. Usually most people will recover within 5 days.


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What are the signs of having norwalk virus?

What are the signs of having norwalk virus?

Diarrhea: Norwalk virus usually causes diarrhea accompanied by abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting. ...Read more

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Treating a Fever (Tip)

Treating a Fever

A fever can stunt the growth and reproduction of bacteria and viruses. ...See more

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What is the definition or description of: norwalk virus?

What is the definition or description of: norwalk virus?

Causes infection: Norwalk virus is also know as norovirus, causes stomach upset with mostly vomiting and diarrhea. You can easily get the virus from one sick person to another, through droplets (coughing, sneezing), contaminated food, water, etc. No specific treatment. Usually most people will recover within 5 days. ...Read more

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Can you catch norwalk virus from being in the same room as someone sick?

Can you catch norwalk virus from being in the same room as someone sick?

Unlikely: Transmission is usually by the fecal-oral route, and just being in the same room transiently is not likely to result in your becoming infected. ...Read more

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Is there anything i can do besides rest and fluids to help myself recover from norwalk virus faster/better ?

Is there anything i can do besides rest and fluids to help myself recover from norwalk virus faster/better ?

Agree w Dr. Raff: Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids with bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy ; high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more

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Hi I have a post norwalk virus syndrome which has lasted over two years. I am in constant pain and have GI issues as well please help?

Hi I have a post norwalk virus syndrome which has lasted over two years.  I am in constant pain and have GI issues as well please help?

G.I. doctor can help: Long-term effects of norovirus gastroenteritis, such as chronic diarrhea and post-infectious irritable bowel syndrome, have been reported, but more research is needed to confirm a causal link with those conditions. So, a person with irritable bowel symptoms (regardless of cause) can seek treatment from a G.I. Specialist and his primary care doctor. ...Read more

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What are "rotavirus", "norwalk virus", and "adenovirus"?

What are "rotavirus", "norwalk virus", and "adenovirus"?

Just that: These are different viruses which are all capable of producing human infection. These have in common the capacity to produce gastroenteritis and can be spread rapidly from person to person. ...Read more

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What are the tests for norwalk virus infection?

What are the tests for norwalk virus infection?

RT-PCR of stool: Tests for norovirus are not generally needed as clinical picture, self limited nature of disease and treatment don't require a specific diagnosis. If a diagnosis is required, reverse transcription PCR of stool is rapid and fast. Epidemiologists absolutely need to know who has what to prevent further spread and identify sources so PCR has a role there. ...Read more

Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more