As the world continues to cripple with the effects of coronavirus, there’s a new virus on the horizon in China, named the Norovirus.
Norovirus outbreak was detected after affecting 50 students from a school in Sichuan province, China
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) of the United States, stated that noroviruses are highly contagious viruses, which usually present outbreaks between November and April, which cause gastroenteritis and whose main symptoms are vomiting, diarrhoea, nausea and stomach pain.
The infection character of the virus demonstrates that it passes quickly from one person to another through contaminated foods and it does it very efficiently, with symptoms last a few days. As with covid-19, it can be worrying in the case of the elderly and very young children. The greatest risk is having a severe dehydration.
“After epidemiological investigations and nucleic acid tests, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed that the vomiting was caused by a norovirus infection,” GT quoted the health department as saying.
“All the children are in stable condition and are receiving treatment at a hospital with mild symptoms,” the health department added.
Habits acquired with the coronavirus, such as frequent hand washing, They are also useful to protect against norovirus. In addition, it is recommended to wash fresh food thoroughly, cook seafood thoroughly, and stay home while symptoms last.
The norovirus infects 685 million people worldwide annually and has increasingly emerged as a public health issue in China, according to state-run media.
In February 2019, Chinese authorities approved a clinical trial for the world’s first tetravalent vaccine against the virus. The vaccine, after four years of development, can theoretically prevent 80 to 90% of norovirus infections, the Xinhua News Agency reported.