What You Need to Know About Norovirus

Lately there have been reports of increasing numbers of  outbreaks of  Norovirus in the news, the most recent coming from the stories of  Norovirus outbreaks being traced to various Chipotle Fast Food Restaurants,

What you need to know about norovirus

Norovirus consists of a group of highly contagious viruses that cause gastrointestinal illness. Norovirus affects close to 20 million people a year in

say-no-to-norovirusAmerica, making it the leading cause of foodborne sickness and gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach or Intestines).

Extremely resilient to a variety of environments, Norovirus can survive for weeks outside the body. It is most often spread through contaminated food, water, and surfaces in addition to direct contact with an infected individual. There is no vaccine to prevent or antibiotic to cure Norovirus so preventative action is critical for keeping yourself and your family safe.

Symptoms of Norovirus

The below symptoms usually begin 1 – 2 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain

In more severe cases the following symptoms may occur:

  • Fever/ Chills
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Headache

Treatment & Prevention of Norovirus

The only cure for Norovirus is your immunity’s natural defenses. The good news is that Norovirus usually moves quickly through the body and most recover in 1 to 3 days.

Stay well hydrated and rested to improve immune strength.  Replace lost fluidsYou can prevent illness with good hygiene: thoroughly wash hands, handle food with care, and disinfect contaminated surfaces with a mixture of detergent and bleach…..and for now at least, it might be a good idea to steer clear of your local Chipotle.

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