Norovirus Infections Spread like Wildfire: Recent Outbreaks Sicken Hundreds (*Thousands)
MAR 09, 2016 | SARAH ANWAR
Norovirus is one of the more easily infectious diseases sweeping the country. The CDC reports that the disease can be transmitted through contact with an infected individual, contaminated food, water or surfaces. Norovirus spreads fastest in closed areas and more easily in restaurant-settings, such as cruise ships, daycare centers, nursing homes or schools. Outbreaks usually occur through infected servers handling food, or through contamination at the source, as with fruits, vegetables or even oysters. The disease is most contagious while the patient is sick, as well as the first few days after recovery. Due to the variety of noroviruses, infection with one type does not render an individual immune to the disease.
Dorothy McCoy, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID, Clinical Associate Professor at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University and Clinical Pharmacist, Infectious Diseases Hackensack University Medical Center, explains why the norovirus spreads so efficiently.
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