Norovirus Surge in the US: CDC Warns of Rising Cases and Contagion Threat

Recently, there has been an enormous rise in the number of norovirus cases in the United States, a highly contagious virus known for causing gastrointestinal symptoms, according to the latest data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

As reported by CNN, data from the CDC for the week ending February 17 indicates that more than 12% of tests conducted to detect norovirus yielded positive results, signifying an increase from the previous week’s rate of 11.5%. Notably, the Northeast region has experienced a particularly high prevalence, with over 13% of tests returning positive results consistently since late January.

The CDC emphasizes that norovirus outbreaks predominantly occur in the United States between November and April. The primary mode of transmission is direct contact, such as caring for an infected individual, or through the sharing of food, eating utensils, and other personal items. Contaminated food, liquids, and surfaces also contribute to the spread of the virus.

Norovirus manifests as inflammation in the stomach or intestines, presenting symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and stomach pain within 12 to 48 hours of exposure. Fever, headaches, and body aches are also reported by affected individuals.

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CDC’s Dehydration Warning

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While most people recover from norovirus within three days, they remain contagious for a few days afterward. Notably, dehydration poses a significant risk, especially for vulnerable groups such as children, older adults, and those with pre-existing health conditions.

The CDC outlines dehydration symptoms in children, including reduced tears, increased sleepiness, and fussiness. Other signs encompass diminished urination, dry mouth and throat, and dizziness upon standing.

It is essential to remember that there is no prescribed medicine for the treatment of norovirus. Since vomiting and diarrhea cause fluids to be lost, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people who are infected with norovirus drink a lot of liquids.

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