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If you have a "stomach flu", the chances are that it's actually a norovirus: What you need to know



If you've ever gotten sick with something "bad," you might have had a meeting with a nerve virus.

Sometimes called "stomach stomach" or "stomach flu" – although not associated with influenza, norovrose is the leading cause of food-borne illnesses in the US, causing between 19 million and 21 million cases of infectious vomiting and diarrhea every year.

Norvous outbreaks can affect everyone, everywhere. Earlier this month, for example, a cruise trip was interrupted after 475 passengers became ill with an infection that spread more easily due to the ship's limitations.

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What is Norovirus? Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that causes and gastroenteritis, which is inflammation of the stomach and intestines. It can infect people of all ages and infection can occur repeatedly because there are many different strains of norovirus.
People who have an infection can experience symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Typically, these symptoms develop within 12 to 48 hours after exposure and disappear within one to three days. However, children, the elderly and people with other illnesses are more susceptible to more severe symptoms, as they are at risk of dehydration from the infection.

Fires may happen all year round, but are more common from November to April.

How Can You Get Norovirus?

Norovirus is transmitted by any kind of contact that causes the virus to enter the mouth. You can take it directly from contact with another person by touching the infected surface and then touching your mouth or eating contaminated food or water. It is often found in places where there are many people, and the most common places of outbreak are health institutions, restaurants and schools or children's centers. Cruise ships account for only 1% of total outbreaks.

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If you think you have symptoms of a possible infection, take a break and drink plenty of fluids. can not help because the infection is viral – antibiotics only work on bacterial infections, most important is to avoid contact with other people and to wash your hands frequently.

Also clean the dirty clothes, taking care to handle dirty items. Do not prepare food for others and disinfect contaminated surfaces with bleach. You are contagious from the moment you start feeling unwell until the first few days after you recover. If you suspect there is an outbreak in your community, you should also contact your state or local healthcare department.

Tiffany Truong is a resident doctor of internal diseases in Houston and a member of the medical department of ABC News.


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