According to a Monday article from India Today, at least 19 pupils at a school in Kakkanad, Ernakulam, Kerala, tested positive for the norovirus. According to the report, which cited the authorities, some of the parents have norovirus infections as well, which can cause serious gastroenteritis. Online courses have been provided for pupils in classes 1 through 5 as a result of the pandemic.
A brief about Kerala norovirus outbreak- 19 school students in Ernakulam have been affected
Two samples were sent to the State Public Laboratory for examination earlier in the day after symptoms were reported by 62 pupils and a few parents at the school, according to a senior medical officer of the district. Two kids were discovered to have the same virus last year in Vizhinjam, Thiruvananthapuram.
According to the World Health Organization, norovirus is the viral disease that most frequently causes acute gastroenteritis worldwide. The term “stomach bug” or “food poisoning” are frequently used to describe it. The norovirus spreads quickly.
Norovirus symptoms include severe diarrhoea and vomiting. When sick, one may feel really poorly and experience stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhoea. Malnutrition, intestinal inflammation, and potential long-term morbidity are all symptoms of the infection.
According to the WHO, there are an estimated 685 million cases of norovirus per year, including 200 million cases in children under the age of five. According to estimates, the infection kills 200,000 people year, including 50,000 children, with low-income nations bearing the brunt of the mortality rate.
According to the global health organisation, the norovirus is predicted to have a global economic and healthcare impact of $60 billion.
The top cause of acute gastroenteritis in persons of all ages in America, according to the national health agency of the US, is norovirus.
The US’s peak norovirus season is from November to April. According to the health service, there may be 50% more norovirus disease in years where a new strain of the virus emerges.
The majority of this virus’s epidemics are brought about by infected individuals infecting others through close contact. Norovirus epidemics can also be sparked by contaminated food, drink, and surfaces.