Kochi School Confirms Norovirus Outbreak. Here Is All You Should Know About The Virus!

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
Kochi School Confirms Norovirus Outbreak. Here Is All You Should Know About The Virus!

Two students have been diagnosed with Norovirus in a school in Kochi. This news was confirmed by the Kochi school and the state government. Norovirus infection is a cause of acute gastroenteritis. This contagious virus was found in students of class 1 and 2 at a school near Kakkanad. About three of these students are undergoing treatment currently. Here is everything you should know about this new virus. 

Norovirus Outbreak: A Contagious Virus In Kerala

62 students and some parents showed symptoms of Norovirus as informed by a senior medical officer. Two samples have been sent to the State Public Laboratory. The district medical officer informed people that the condition of the kids is now stable. They are holding special awareness about the virus online for children and their parents. The school is temporarily closed and its toilets and classrooms are now sanitised. 

The most frequent viral infection in the world to cause acute gastroenteritis is the norovirus. It is a virus that causes vomiting and diarrhoea and is very contagious. The most typical norovirus symptoms include diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea, and stomach pain. Possible adverse effects include body aches, headaches, and fever.

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Make Sure You Follow The Prevention Methods

Norovirus can be acquired through direct contact with an infected person, consuming tainted food or water, or touching tainted surfaces and then putting your unwashed hands in your mouth. The World Health Organisation (WHO) said that this virus can easily affect anyone as it is contagious in nature. 

The virus also has dehydration symptoms like dry mouth and throat, decrease in urination and feeling dizzy while standing up. Prevention from this virus is completely in our own hands. All you have to do is:

  • Wash your hands often.
  • Rinse fruits and vegetables before consuming them. 
  • Cook seafood like shellfish, crabs,etc.completely and then consume.
  • Do not eat stale food.
  • Do not eat food kept in the open. 
  • Stay home if you see any symptoms and take good rest for the next two days. 
  • Drink lots of water. 

Last year, two children were affected with this virus in Thiruvananthapuram’s Vizhinjam. 

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Stay safe and take care! Inform others about the same.

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