11 Norovirus cases were reported in Kerala’s Wayanad. Know the norovirus.

11 Norovirus cases were reported in Kerala’s Wayanad. Know the norovirus.

11 Norovirus cases were reported in Kerala’s Wayanad. Know the norovirus.

Norovirus cases get reported in Kerala’s Wayanad, and the health minister of Kerala Veena George has issued all the guidelines to the people and has asked the people to be vigilant. The virus has got highly contagious symptoms. As far as 11 students have been tested positive for the virus, in Kerala’s Wayand district. This disease is highly contagious and causes a range of symptoms. Norovirus is an animal-borne disease, which gets transmitted from contaminated water and food. The Health Minister has said, “Currently 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.” 
George further added that “With proper prevention and treatment, the disease can be cured quickly. Therefore, everyone should be aware of the disease and its means of prevention.” 
As of now as many of the 11 students have been reported with this virus, in Pookode near Vythiri in Wayanad district two weeks ago.
What is norovirus?
Norovirus causes gastrointestinal illness, including inflammation of the lining of the stomach and intestines, severe vomiting, and diarrhea.
Norovirus does not significantly affect healthy people but it can be serious in young children, the elderly, and people with comorbidities.
This virus is highly contagious, and gets easily transmitted from person to person, and even gets transmitted through the contaminated surface. This virus even gets spread by eating the food which has been cooked by the contaminated people. This virus even gets spread through the vomit of infected people. 
 
What are the symptoms?
This virus has some common symptoms, such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea, a high temperature, headache, and body aches. The experts have even said that excessive vomiting leads to a situation of dehydration and can even cause further complications. 
What are the guidelines that need to be followed?
With testing positive for this virus, the health ministry of Kerala has issued safety guidelines such as:
Those infected with norovirus should rest at home, drink oral rehydration solutions (ORS) and boiled water.
People should wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water before eating and after using the toilet. “Those who interact with animals should pay special attention," the health ministry's guidelines read.
The guidelines said that drinking water sources, wells, and storage tanks must be chlorinated with bleaching powder. People must use chlorinated water for domestic use and drink only boiled water, it added.
Fruits and vegetables should be thoroughly washed before eating. According to the guidelines, sea fish and shellfish such as crab and mussels must only be eaten after they are well cooked. It added that stale and exposed foods must be avoided.
(with agency inputs)

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