Norovirus symptoms to look for in kids as 33 people fall ill in single outbreak

A recent norovirus outbreak in a daycare center resulted in 33 people falling into it. Here are the symptoms to watch out for in the extremely contagious vomiting virus

All you need to know: norovirus

A recent norovirus outbreak in a daycare center resulted in 33 people falling ill quickly, with parents now being encouraged to familiarize themselves with the symptoms.

Norovirus is a highly contagious virus, as demonstrated by an outbreak in Eastern Ireland in late October that left dozens sick.

The bug that typically leads to vomiting occurs in winter for the most part, as is typical with viruses, with people being more indoors and using heating to keep them warm, reports Irish mirror.

Many other cases have also been reported across Ireland, with five specific cases related to another hospital outbreak reported two weeks after the first.

But what is the highly contagious norovirus? Here is everything you need to know.

Norovirus is extremely contagious in people with symptoms such as vomiting
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Norovirus is known as winter vomiting virus because it causes diarrhea and vomiting and is one of the most common stomach disorders.

Cases exist all year round, but the way it is far more common in colder months has led to it being referred to as the “winter” vomiting bug.

It’s an uncomfortable virus, but it usually goes away on its own within a few days.

The virus spreads very easily in public places like hospitals, nursing homes, and schools, where tiny particles of vomit or feces get into a person’s nose or mouth.

The best treatment for norovirus is usually to stay at home until it gets better
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This can be done just as easily through close contact with a person with the virus as touching a surface or someone and then holding your hand to your mouth.

An infected person can also exhale small particles that contain the virus.

The virus can survive outside the body for several days on contaminated food. Therefore, it is important that people wash their hands regularly, especially before eating.

People are most contagious from the onset of symptoms to 48 hours after all symptoms have subsided. Before and after, you can be contagious for a short time.

You can get it more than once because the virus is constantly changing and your body cannot build long-term resistance to it.

Usually, a person can recover from the illness at home without seeing a doctor.

Common symptoms of norovirus

  • Feeling sick
  • Being sick (vomiting)
  • diarrhea
  • Light fever
  • Stomach cramps
  • Aching limbs

The best treatment for norovirus is usually to stay at home until the person feels better, as there is no cure.

To prevent spread, it is recommended that you avoid work or school for at least 48 hours after symptoms have resolved. You should also avoid visiting anyone in the hospital during this time.

Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water. Do not rely on alcoholic hand gels as these will not kill the virus.

Disinfect any surfaces or objects that may be contaminated. It is best to use a bleach-based household cleaner.

Wash any clothing or bedding that may be contaminated separately in a hot wash to ensure that the virus is killed.

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