2 Lower Primary Students Test Positive for Norovirus in Kerala’s Vizhinjam; Health Minister says ‘No Need for Concern’

Kochi: The Kerala government on Sunday confirmed two cases of norovirus in the state. Positive models of two primary school students from Vizhinjam, Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala. Samples of 42 hospitalized students were examined for diarrhea and vomiting. Of the 42 samples, two were tested positive for norovirus. All students, whose samples were tested, are studying at LMLP school, Utchakada, Vizhinjam.Also Read – Take Strict Monitoring and Take Proactive Control of Covid: Central Letter to 5 States Amid Increasing Cases

However, state health minister Veena George has said there is no need to worry. Speaking to news agency ANI, George said, “Two cases of norovirus are confirmed in Vizhinjam; There is no need for concern. The Health Department assessed the situation; Samples from the area have been collected and tested and preventive measures have been intensified. The status of the two children is stable. Also Read – Does Maharashtra impose COVID restrictions in view of rising cases? CM Uddhav convened a task force meeting today

Norovirus spreads through water and food particles, health department officials said. Norovirus infection usually lasts two days and has no further effects, health officials said. However, norovirus can cause dehydration in young and old, and in some patients, the body is still weak for up to a week after infection, health officials said. Read also – Karnataka expresses concern over rising Covid cases in Kerala, Maharashtra; The Department of Health considers travel restrictions

Here’s what you need to know about ‘over-contagious’ stomach flu

Norovirus is a group of viruses that cause gastrointestinal disease. The virus causes inflammation of the lining of the stomach and intestines, as well as severe vomiting and diarrhea. Norovirus does not significantly affect healthy people, but it can be serious in young children, the elderly, and other co-occurring diseases.

The disease is also transmitted through direct contact with infected persons. The virus is transmitted through constipation and vomiting of an infected person. Therefore, it is important to be careful as the disease spreads very quickly.

However, the virus can spread two days after the onset of the disease. Some Common symptoms of norovirus Diarrhea, abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea, fever, headaches and body aches. Severe vomiting and diarrhea can lead to dehydration and further complications.

Precautions

The National Disease Control and Prevention Center says that to keep norovirus at bay, it is necessary to wash hands regularly and to wash fruits and vegetables in hot water.

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