Norovirus; a contagious viral infection reported in Kerala

WAYANAD: The health department has confirmed 34 Norovirus infections in Kerala, including students of a veterinary college in Wayanad, which on Friday reported thirteen cases. The collected samples of the students were sent to the National Institute of Virology in Alappuzha, which confirmed the cases.

Health Minister, Veena George has left guidelines advising infected people to remain at home and stay hydrated. The situation is under control. Norovirus is a contagious virus that is known to have a short incubation period of 24-48 hours, George added.

Authorities, according to the Ministry, are carrying out super chlorination of water. With proper treatment, the disease can be cured, said the Minister.

What should you know about the virus?

  1. The symptoms of the disease include diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea and stomach pain.
  2. The virus is spread through direct contact with the infected person, touching surfaces infected etc.
  3. The people infected are asked to remain home, stay hydrated with liquids (ORS drinks recommended) and take enough rest. Also, Get medical assistance if necessary and after your recovery should remain home at least for two days.

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