Norovirus In Restaurants

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When looking through the headlines involving Norovirus, it is impossible not to notice how many outbreaks are associated with different restaurants.  For Norovirus, restaurants often provide an environment where they can thrive.  Let’s look at how Norovirus is able to easily spread from person to person in restaurants, as well as how it can be prevented. A Quick Look at Norovirus: ​According...

Norovirus Vaccine

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There are no current vaccines for Norovirus, the highly contagious virus that causes acute gastroenteritis, or sudden onset of vomiting and diarrhea. Infected individuals usually experience symptoms for a duration of one to three days and then get better. People infected with Norovirus are at risk of dehydration.  The illness can be particularly dangerous for children and elderly individuals. Approximately...

The Most Common Cause of Food Poisoning Is Due To Norovirus

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Norovirus is a group of viruses that are responsible for giving you symptoms that are commonly attributed to the well-known “stomach flu.” Noroviruses are also often called food poisoning because the most common cause of food poisoning is Norovirus, statistics from the US affirm. They are referred to as food poisoning because they can be transmitted easily through the food that’s...

Norovirus On Cruise Ships

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In April 2014, over 100 passengers on a week-long Crown Princess cruise had their vacation dampened by illness. The cruise ship, which was traveling along the coast of Southern California and Mexico, had an outbreak of norovirus, causing gastrointestinal illness in many crew members and passengers. The very same week, two consecutive cruises on the same Royal Caribbean ship had similar outbreaks of...

Ways Norovirus Spreads

There are several different ways that Norovirus is spread from person to person. It is also possible to get the virus by eating contaminated food. Although preventative measures can be taken, it is still common for Norovirus to be spread by restaurant food and for people to become infected in hospitals nursing homes, schools and on cruise ships. Norovirus Person to Person Infection Norovirus is most...

How is Norovirus Passed From Person to Person and Why is it so Contagious ?

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Imagine being on vacation when a wave of diarrhea, vomiting and stomach cramps start taking over. Not exactly the idea of a fun vacation. Noroviruses is responsible for sending a number of the passengers aboard cruise ships heading for the bathroom and making the entire ship return to port before its time. When you get back to dry land, this virus can impact the health of anyone that comes into contact...

Diagnosing and Treating Norovirus

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The Norovirus is a very contagious virus that can cause the quick onset of vomiting and diarrhea. Norovirus are a group of viruses that cause inflammation of the stomach and large intestine lining.  Currently it is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis throughout the United States. It can be transmitted by many different methods, such as through sharing contaminated water, food, and more....

What’s Happening Inside Your Body When You Have Norovirus?

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Norovirus, more commonly known as the winter sickness bug, due to the high number of reported complaints around winter time, is a highly contagious stomach bug. Symptoms of Norovirus typically include vomiting and diarrhea and in some cases flu like symptoms, such as headaches, stomach cramps, fever and muscle pain. Norovirus is one of many strains of a single virus called the Norwalk virus, hence...

History of Norovirus

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Norovirus is a very debilitating food borne illness. The illness is characterized by nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting and  diarrhea. Lethargy, aching limbs, coughs and a raised temperature may also occur. There is no cure for Norovirus and it is highly contagious.  Infections are transferred to individuals through contaminated surfaces, contaminated food and water. In light of this, those infected...