Norovirus is an infection located in the stomach and intestines.  This virus is easily spread and is most known to us by the stomach flu.

Anyone can be at risk of it either from contamination, or spread from another person.

This virus is definitely something you don't want. It can be found on produce, shellfish, ready-to-eat foods touched by an infected food worker, or any other foods contaminated with vomit or feces from an infected person.

Norovirus ranks 4th among food-borne pathogens in terms of economic burden—an estimated $2.3 billion in a typical year. Fifty-seven percent of these costs are due to deaths, 16 percent are due to hospitalizations, and the remainder are incurred by those who treat themselves at home or visit a doctor. This chart is just estimates on how much people spend or health care does by you just catching it.

As you saw in the video, It is very easy to catch the virus anywhere. Being close to someone can cause you to get sick sooner or later. So stay sanitized, and clean as possible.

This image shows you the different things, and places that the norovirus can be located or found around.

Knowing Your Virus

The average incubation period for norovirus-associated gastroenteritis is 12 to 48 hours, with a median period of approximately 33 hours. Illness is characterized by nausea, acute-onset vomiting, and watery, non-bloody diarrhea with abdominal cramps.

Sometimes people are unable to drink enough liquids to replace the liquids they lost because of vomiting and diarrhea. These persons can become dehydrated (lose too much water from their body) and may need special medical attention. During norovirus infection, this problem with dehydration is usually only seen among the very young, the elderly, and people with other illness.

Preventing illness

To prevent it you need to keep you hands cleaned, clean and disinfect surfaces that are contaminated by vomiting or diarrhea. These are the simple steps to preventing the norovirus from spreading or contaminating your home.

Remember to Recognize it, Avoid it, Contain it, and Stop it. A healthy family equals a healthy life!!!!

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