Norovirus cases confirmed in Kerala: What is it, how it spreads and common symptoms

Norovirus cases confirmed in Kerala: What is it, how it spreads and common symptoms

Norovirus: After coronavirus, norovirus is here. The state of Kerala was already in the midst of a severe Covid-19 wave when people are now finding themselves in the grip of Norovirus.

Kerala Health Minister Veena George today asked the people to stay vigilant after Norovirus was confirmed in the Wayanad district. It is an animal-borne disease transmitted through contaminated water and food.

Several preventive steps are underway like super chlorination in the state of Kerala.

What is Norovirus?

These are a group of viruses that cause gastrointestinal illness. It may cause inflammation of the lining of the stomach and intestines, as well as severe vomiting and diarrhoea.

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However, norovirus does not affect many healthy people, but it can be serious in young children, the elderly, and especially those with comorbidities. It can also be spread via direct contact with infected individuals.


It is worth mentioning here that this highly contagious virus spreads through the excrement and vomit of an infected person. Hence, one must be careful as the disease spreads very quickly among the masses.

Some of the common symptoms of Norovirus are diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, fever, headache, and body ache.

Kerala health minister on Friday also issued guidelines for the prevention of this virus.

The state concerned authorities said that the infection was first found in students living in hostels outside the campus.

As one of the preventive steps, the drinking water sources have to be hygienic. Besides, people should take proper care of their surroundings and keep them clean.

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