Norovirus Outbreak

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The recent Norovirus outbreaks in December 2023 affected numerous individuals in North Carolina, USA, and in Kerala, India. Norovirus, known for causing stomach flu or winter vomiting bug, is highly contagious and spreads through contaminated food, water, and surfaces, as well as direct contact with infected individuals. Common symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, and stomach pain. The virus is particularly dangerous for young children and the elderly with co-morbidities. While there is no specific treatment, managing symptoms and preventing dehydration are key. Preventive measures include thorough hand washing, disinfecting surfaces, and avoiding food preparation when sick. The outbreaks highlight the need for heightened awareness and public health measures to control the spread of this virus.

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