All you need to know about Norovirus outbreak in US

A severe outbreak of Norovirus is affecting South Jersey and Pennsylvania, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Norovirus outbreak in the US

A Norovirus infection develops when a virus from the Caliciviridae family causes inflammation in the stomach and intestines. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pain are some common symptoms.

What is Norovirus?

Despite the similarities in symptoms, Norovirus is not the stomach flu, which is an infection caused by the influenza virus.

Norovirus is not stomach flu

People can contract the virus through direct contact with an infected person. Airborne transmission has also been reported.

How does the infection spread?

Maintaining hand hygiene is crucial for an infected person and the caretaker. Doctors suggest that one must avoid hand-to-mouth contact.

Following hand-hygiene is a must

Experts advise following safety rules like wearing a mask and washing hands thoroughly after contact with someone showing Norovirus symptoms.

Exercise caution

Taking care of your health through regular exercise and a balanced diet can help by keeping our immune system work efficiently, say experts.

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