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What is Norovirus? Why does it affect children more?

What is Norovirus? Why does it affect children more?

Patients with sudden diarrhea and vomiting, manifested by norovirus, threatens millions of people. This disease is more effective in children, especially in 1-2 days patients recover. From Anadolu Health Center Infectious Diseases Specialist Elif Hakkoanswers questions about norovirus.

What is Norovirus?

It is an enveloped RNA virus that causes major outbreaks. Causes acute diarrhea. It is ineffective to antibiotic treatments.

What are the symptoms of the disease?

The most important symptoms of neurovirus are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Fever, chills, chills, headaches, muscle aches and fatigue may be accompanied by not too high. The disease starts suddenly and brings the patient to bed. However, it takes a short time to heal in 1-2 days. Children have more vomiting than adults.

How serious is norovirus infection?

Although patients feel very bad and vomit all the time, they are usually not very serious. Heals in 1-2 days and leaves no permanent damage. Sometimes, however, patients cannot drink water and are dehydrated and need hospital care. This is usually seen in young children, the elderly and immunocompromised persons. People do not remain carriers.

How is norovirus transmitted?

The virus is present in the faeces and vomit of people with infection. People get infected in the following ways:

1) Food, beverages (especially network waters)

2) Norovirus-contaminated surfaces can be touched by touching objects and then

3) By sharing the food, fork and knife of a sick person

When do symptoms occur?

Symptoms usually occur 24-48 hours after the virus is removed. But sometimes it can come out in 12 hours.

How long do people remain contagious?

It is contagious immediately after the onset and until 3 days after recovery. This may take up to 2 weeks in some people.

How is it treated?

There is no specific remedy for norovirus. Antibiotics are useless. It is recommended to take plenty of fluids. Those who cannot get enough fluid to meet the loss of fluid from the mouth can be given intravenous fluid.

Can Norovirus infection be prevented?

Yes, it can be prevented. For this;