Norovirus cases are not uncommon



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Norovirus cases not uncommon: Currently there is no particular accumulation of norovirus cases.

(07/20/2010) In the last few days there has been increasing media coverage of norovirus diseases. It could easily give the impression that there is currently an acute norovirus wave. This is not how the infection control expert Dr. Verena Bochat explained.

Children had to be hospitalized in Thuringia and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania because there was an urgent suspicion of a norovirus infection. An entire holiday camp had to be closed near Sondershausen. Around 400 children were sent home, 40 people had to be treated in hospital. However, the situation is calm overall, as health authorities assure. There is currently no particular cluster of infections: "We are not currently experiencing an exceptional cluster," said Dr. Verena Bochat, infection control expert.

The norovirus is a highly contagious disease in the gastrointestinal tract. Typical symptoms are very severe diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Due to the severe diarrhea, patients lose a lot of fluid and there is a risk of internal dehydration. Therefore, a norovirus infection must be taken seriously. The treatment is preferably carried out via infusions in order to supply the body with sufficient fluid and electrolytes again. The disease lasts an average of one to three days. In most cases, the virus infection heals without any consequences for the patient.

However, children, the elderly and the chronically ill are particularly at risk because an abundance of fluid is withdrawn from the body due to the sudden diarrhea. Therefore, medical treatment should be taken seriously if a norovirus infection is suspected. (sb)

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