Norovirus infection confirmed in Wayanad; know how to avoid spread

Wayanad: Some students of the College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences in Pookode here have been diagnosed with the highly contagious Norovirus, the District Collector said. The diagnostic test held at Alappuzha NIV confirmed the presence of the virus.

The Collector requested to clean the water sources with bleaching powder in order to contain the disease. People have to remain cautious till April about the Norovirus, the Collector said.

The virus causes diarrhoea, stomach pain, vomiting, body pain, headache and fever. People of any age can fall ill from the virus when they contact it through the infected person or contaminated food and water.

The diseased have to remain in quarantine for at least two more days even after the symptoms subsided. There is no special treatment for the virus. However, the symptoms can be treated.

In order to avoid spread:

  • Wash your hands with soap before having food or touching your face and after using the toilet.
  • Don’t eat cold food and items kept open for a long period.
  • Wash vegetables and fruits several times before using.
  • Cook fish, crab, shellfish and such items well before having.

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