norovirus. What do we know about this worrying epidemic of acute gastroenteritis?

Post-Covid, the UK has seen an outbreak of norovirus cases for several weeks. Mainly responsible for acute gastroenteritis, it is especially dangerous for frail people. We take stock.

Unfortunately, the Covid will not make us forget the other epidemics. For the past few weeks, the United Kingdom has faced a wave of norovirus (NoV), or commonly referred to as “vomit virus”. It causes Acute gastroenteritis very strong and can be especially dangerous for weak people. Problem: It spreads at full speed in kindergartens, schools and institutions that take in dependent people.

Who are those affected?

If the epidemic does not seem to flare up in France – for now – the health authorities will check the situation on the other side of the English Channel. According to Lesly Larkin of the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA): “Norovirus, commonly known as the vomit virus, was at lower than normal levels this season, but as people started mixing more, the number of outbreaks began to increase.”

What are the symptoms ?

Symptoms can be varied: sudden onset of nausea, Vomit in the jet, Diarrheastrong temperature, stomach pain, dehydration with weight loss… For its part, the National Agency for Food, Environment and Occupational Safety (ANSES) indicates that the symptoms are very revealing and must be taken seriously, especially in those most at risk (children, the elderly, people suffering from a chronic illness or a weakened immune system).

The incubation period of the virus is 10 to 50 hours and can affect all sections of the population.

How is it transmitted?

The highly contagious virus is transmitted like gastroenteritis in one “discretely, person-to-person, or indirectly, through ingestion of contaminated food or water, or contact with a contaminated environmentDetails ANSES. These dietary transmissions can then be amplified through person-to-person transmission..

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How can you protect yourself?

contagious and resistant, “Noroviruses are resistant to conventional food preservation methods (refrigeration and freezing), temperature (30 min at 60ºC) and pH (3 hours at pH 3 at room temperature) fluctuations. Frequently recommended precautions to prevent bacterial growth have no effect on viral contamination. In the event of illness, the hygiene rules must be meticulously observed within the apartment.explained ANSES in a press release.

It is therefore essential to protect yourself and others Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, especially before preparing meals and after using the toilet. It is best for people with symptoms not prepare their meals to avoid further contamination. And finally, it is recommendedAvoid eating shellfish without being able to check their traceability.

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