February 25, 2010

Norovirus News

Just when we were breathing a sigh of relief over the retreat of the H1N1 Swine Flu, here comes another virus for us to worry about. Doctors and medical experts are mobilizing to spread the word on how we can protect ourselves from the newest threat to our health, the Norovirus.

Norovirus is a nasty gastrointestinal virus that has broken out in the Raleigh area and is spreading fast.

It is a highly contagous virus that can be spread from the stool and vomit of a sick person, or from simply touching surfaces where the sick person has been or eating food or drink that was contaminated.

Doctors are saying yoou need to nake sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, and that even though hand sanitizers were much hyped as a precaution against the swine flu, in this case they are useless against norovirus and you need a bonafide hand washing to beat the virus.

According to authorities: "Many commonly used disinfectants are not effective against norovirus. Cleaning with a dilute bleach solution is recommended to disinfect surfaces after an episode of illness "

Norovirus News

Recent outbreaks of norovirus -- a common and unpleasant gastrointestinal illness -- have sickened teenagers at a conference in Raleigh and many other people across the state in long-term care facilities, schools and child care centers, restaurants, and other settings. Noroviruses are very contagious. The virus is present in the stools and vomit of sick people during illness and for a few days after they recover. People can get sick through direct contact with a person who has the virus, by touching contaminated surfaces, or by eating food or drinking liquids that have been contaminated with the virus. Noroviruses cannot be seen, smelled or tasted in food...

Norovirus News

Posted at February 25, 2010 6:42 AM