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All you need to know about the virus now plaguing China

Learn about the symptoms and how to avoid the spread of this disease which leads to serious upset stomach.

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All you need to know about the virus now plaguing China
All you need to know about the virus now plaguing China

Although the authorities of China have reported the COVID-19Another disease is keeping the country on high alert. It’s about Norovirus, a slightly contagious infection that affects the population of the Asian country. Know Signs and symptoms from this virus that causes severe stomach upset and how to avoid transmission.

Norovirus or norwalk-like virus, is nothing new, the first outbreak was detected in Ohio in 1968 Stomach fluthat is, inflammation of the stomach and intestines.

Provoked Symptoms as diarrhea and threw himself intense, strong Abdominal pain, nausea, fever, headache, dizziness and muscle pain.

The most serious cases occur in babies, older adults, and people with other health problems. In these cases, symptoms usually last longer and are more severe.

How do I avoid the spread of norovirus?

Besides being very annoying and debilitating, Norovirus is highly contagious. It is broadcast to consume infected products, touch contaminated surfaces by the virus or be in contact with freight forwarders, This is even more true in closed and crowded places such as long-term care facilities, daycare centers, schools, hotels and cruise ships.

The Measures to prevent the transmission of norovirus are practically the same as those to avoid the coronavirus. It is recommended Wash your hands often as well Clean and disinfect surfacesespecially if a sick person has come into contact with these rooms. Also important Wash food well before ingesting and cooking products such as seafood very well.

Is there a treatment for norovirus?

Although it’s been around for decades There are still no specific drugs to counteract the norovirus.

It is recommended Quiet and drink plenty of fluids Combat dehydration caused by diarrhea and vomiting. They are only prescribed Analgesics like acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain relief, in addition to Antidiarrheal drugs. Alcohol and beverages containing caffeine should be avoided as they can make symptoms worse.

The situation in China is worrying. Last week a Norovirus outbreak It affected 50 children in a school in Zingong, Sichuan Province. More cases have also been reported in the rest of the country, so they remain vigilant to try to contain further spread.

According to data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)About one in five cases of acute gastroenteritis is caused by the norovirus.

“Noroviruses cause 685 million cases of acute gastroenteritis, making them the leading cause of acute gastroenteritis worldwide.”is specified on the CDC page. “Approximately 200 million cases occur in children under the age of 5 and it is estimated that around 50,000 children die each year, mostly in developing countries.”.

The body explains that Norovirus outbreaks are more common in winter. About half of all cases occur between December and February in the northern hemisphere and between June and August in the southern hemisphere.

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