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Norovirus: 19 school children in Kerala’s Ernakulam district have been hit by norovirus.

The norovirus infection has resurfaced in Kerala. At a school in Kakkanad, Ernakulam district, nineteen children tested positive for norovirus.

What exactly is a Norovirus?

It is a viral infection. It is also known as ‘stomach flu’ or’ stomach bug’ because it causes stomach disease.

What are the signs and symptoms?

The main symptoms of this virus are sudden vomiting or diarrhoea. In addition, there is a high fever, body pain, and a headache. Symptoms appear one or two days after infection.

How is this virus spreading?

Norovirus spreads via sewage or food. Aside from that, you can become infected with norovirus simply by coming into contact with an infected person.

Aside from that, if you have touched a surface or object that contains norovirus particles, you may be susceptible to the virus.

Who is in danger?

This virus is most dangerous to young children. Aside from these, the elderly and people who are already afflicted with a disease are vulnerable to this virus.

How harmful is this virus?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 68.5 million cases of  are reported worldwide each year. 200 million of these cases affect children under the age of five.

Who believes that it kills 200,000 people each year, with more than 50,000 of them being children?

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What is the best way to safeguard?

The norovirus can be treated at home, according to the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom.

Because this virus causes vomiting and diarrhoea, the body should drink more and more water to stay hydrated. The patient feels better in two to three days.

It is not necessary that once infected with it, you cannot become infected again. Immunity to the other type of norovirus does not develop after infection with one.





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