Norovirus Cases Increasing In The US, New Strain To Blame

Norovirus caused illness has been on the rise in the US, and a new strain of the norovirus “superbug” is to blame. The illness is also known as the vomiting bug or the winter vomiting bug and as food poisoning. The virus is typically to blame for the majority of illnesses that occur in schools, cruise ships, nursing homes, and any other enclosed space.

According to WebMD, this new strain of the norovirus that is causing wide spread illness across the United States was first identified in Australia in the March of last year, and it is responsible for 58 percent of norovirus outbreaks.

Aron Hall, a CDC epidemiologist, had the following to say concerning norovirus outbreaks:

“We see new strains emerge every few years and sometimes they are associated with increased disease activity. We certainly want people to be aware that this potential exists, but the mainstays of Norovirus prevention are still the most important things people can do to protect themselves.”

As reported by NBC News, this outbreak of the norovirus caused illness is occurring in tandem with a severe flu season and is resulting in wide spread sickness among the general population. This strain of the virus is particularly contagious and is often transmitted through contact with lingering virus.

It is highly recommended for individuals to wash their hands regularly, sanitize surfaces, wash fruit and vegetables, avoid unsanitary food preparations, and stay inside when ill and avoid contact with the general population.

It is important to note that norovirus caused sickness is responsible for 800 deaths a year in the US and that the elderly, young children, and those with weaken immune system are the most prone to complications.