Norovirus: The so-called ‘vomit bug’ that is causing alert

Norovirus or the so-called ‘vomiting bug’ is a disease that is causing alert. The number of norovirus cases has been growing ...

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  • Norovirus or the so-called ‘vomiting bug’ is a disease that is causing alert.
  • The number of norovirus cases has been growing in the last five weeks, that is, from the end of May to July.
  • It has reached a point where with the number of reported cases it could be considered a pre-pandemic.

Norovirus or the so-called ‘vomiting bug’ is a disease which is causing alert, but why is everyone so concerned? The authorities have raised the alarms because it has turned out to be three times more contagious than usual.

The United Kingdom Health Agency is concerned about a new outbreak of norovirus, also known as the “vomiting virus”, due to its high level of contagion that has been increasing in recent weeks.

Norovirus: the so-called ‘vomiting virus’ that causes alert

Norovirus: the so-called vomiting virus that is causing alert
Norovirus: the so-called ‘vomit virus’ that is causing an alert. Photo: Twitter

The number of norovirus cases have been growing in the last five weeks, that is, from the end of May to July. This has happened especially in educational centers where they serve the little ones, such as nurseries, indicated a report from Public Health England (PHE).

It has reached a point of seriousness that with the number of reported cases, it could be considered pre-pandemic. Patients are no longer limited to children alone, but people of any age and from different backgrounds have already been infected throughout the United Kingdom.

What are the symptoms of the vomiting virus?

Norovirus: the so-called vomiting virus that is causing alert
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According to the health authorities in the United Kingdom, there are already 154 cases that have been registered in the last five weeks. Experts in the matter say that it could be due to the relaxation of protection measures against Covid-19.

Another point of concern is that norovirus it is very infectious, as it is transmitted simply by contact with another infected person or surfaces that are contaminated. An infected person may have vomiting and diarrhea, reported Azteca TV.

How is norovirus spread?

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The United States Centers for Infectious Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has indicated that the main ways a person can get the virus from vomiting is FIRST For the person to eat or eat food contaminated with the virus.

SECOND That the person touches surfaces or objects contaminated with norovirus and puts their hands in their mouth. THIRD That the person comes into direct contact with a sick person, who cares for them or shares contaminated food, utensils, articles that were not disinfected or cleaned properly.

How long does norovirus illness last?

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Norovirus can affect people of all ages. The main symptoms are vomiting and diarrhea, but you can also feel nausea, fever, abdominal pain and pain in the extremities. Other patients have had headaches, stomach inflammation, or acute gastroenteritis.

These symptoms usually appear 12 to 48 hours after being infected with the virus. For most people who get the vomiting virus, symptoms pass between one and three days later.

Recommendations to avoid the virus

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If a person in the home has symptoms, it is recommended that all family members stay at home, since it is very likely that they have also been infected. If the person vomits, the area should be cleaned with household cleaners. At the same time that toilets, faucets, telephones, door handles, kitchen surfaces and other spaces of common use must be disinfected.

Keep in mind that alcohol gel or antibacterial does not kill norovirus. So you need to take other basic steps like washing your hands with soap and warm water frequently. Wash clothes and sheets in hot water. An infected person should not prepare food, in any case wash fruits and vegetables well before eating them. Norovirus: the so-called ‘vomit virus’ that is causing an alert.

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