public health enemy

Norovirus

 

PUBLIC HEALTH ENEMY

NOROVIRUS

ALIAS: “Cruise ship virus, stomach flu”

DESCRIPTION

Date Discovered: 1972

Type: Non-enveloped Virus

Family: Caliciviridae

Associates: Humans

Area of Attack: Gastrointestinal tract

Known Hideouts: Fecal matter and vomit

Modus Operandi: Invades intestinal cells and multiplies quickly leading to massive diarrhea and vomiting.

CAUTION

Infection happens quickly and may affect the victim within six hours. Although not usually lethal, may cause severe dehydration. Stays inside the body for at least a week even after symptoms have subsided.

SURVIVAL TIME:
30 days

PREVENTION

  • Handwashing
  • Disinfection