Thiruvananthapuram/Bhubaneswar: As many as 13 cases of Norovirus have been reported in Kerala’s Wayanad district.
As per reports, 13 students of a veterinary college in Pookode near Vythiri in Wayanad have contracted the virus.
Kerala Health Minister Veena George said there is no cause for concern but everyone should be vigilant. Activities including super chlorination are underway. Drinking water sources need to be ensured to be hygienic, the minister said.
With proper prevention and treatment, the disease can be cured quickly, she added.
What is Norovirus?
Norovirus is a very contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea. People of all ages can get infected and sick with norovirus. People with norovirus illness can shed billions of norovirus particles. And only a few virus particles can make other people sick.
You can get norovirus from:
- Having direct contact with an infected person.
- Consuming contaminated food or water.
- Touching contaminated surfaces and then putting your unwashed hands in your mouth.
Norovirus is sometimes called the stomach flu or stomach bug. However, norovirus illness is not related to the flu which is caused by influenza virus.
Symptoms of Norovirus
- stomach pain
- body aches
Norovirus causes inflammation of the stomach or intestines. This is called acute gastroenteritis.
A person usually develops symptoms 12 to 48 hours after being exposed to norovirus. Most people with norovirus illness get better within 1 to 3 days.
If you have norovirus illness, you can feel extremely ill, and vomit or have diarrhea many times a day. This can lead to dehydration, especially in young children, older adults, and people with other illnesses.
Symptoms of dehydration include:
- decrease in urination
- dry mouth and throat
- feeling dizzy when standing up
Children who are dehydrated may cry with few or no tears and be unusually sleepy or fussy.
Practice proper hand hygiene
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water
- especially after using the toilet or changing diapers,
- always before eating, preparing, or handling food, and
- before giving yourself or someone else medicine.