Sydney Strain of Norovirus 2013 - Stomach Flu with Lots of Vomiting Spreads Across US
Health officials have warned that a Sydney strain of norovirus is the latest flu issue for US residents.
Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced this week that more than 140 outbreaks in the U.S. have been caused by the new Sydney strain of norovirus.
Norovirus was once called the Norwalk virus and can spread through the air and "is easily transmittable," officials say.
This particular strain lasts for a somewhat short duration, but includes a lot of vomiting and diarrhea and stomach pain and hits the patient with fatigue as well.
For some who get this particular flu, it is several days of difficulty keeping anything down, along with some unpleasant diarrhea that keeps them close to the bathroom.
Fatigue is also an issue.
However - it is short-lived and usually clears up within a few days, sometimes within 48 hours.
CBS reports the flu is "spread by infected food handlers who don't do a good job washing their hands after using the bathroom."
Here is the another way it is spread - unlike salmonella and other foodborne illnesses, norovirus can also spread in the air, through droplets that fly when a sick person vomits.
A warning highlighted by doctors - guard against dehydration while sick.
A USA Today report reveals how to stop the spread of the flu:
Norovirus is extremely contagious. The best protection is vigilant hand washing with soap and water. If surfaces may have been contaminated, the CDC recommends disinfecting them with a diluted bleach solution made of five to 25 tablespoons of household bleach to a gallon of water.
There is no vaccine yet for norovirus.
Researchers are working to create a vaccine, but nothing is ready for the market and it may be 10 years before a vaccine is produced that will stop the virus.
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