‘Norovirus’ cases rise in Salvador, analysis shows

Virologist has identified a new case of norovirus in Salvador

Virologist has identified a new case of norovirus in Salvador

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Norovirus cases are on the rise in Salvador (BA), according to a survey conducted by the Vahology Center of the University of Bahia (UFBA). According to virologist at the UFBA Office of Public Health, Gúbio Soares – who was diagnosed with the disease in the city – in April and the first week of May, at 35 sample testing, at least 15 were positively detected.

Norovirus is highly contagious and can be spread through food or contaminated water, and can be spread through contact with infected people. The disease causes diarrhea, vomiting, fever, body aches and pains.

According to Gubio, the virus has an RNA genome and is already known worldwide. “It happens in many developed countries, such as the United States and Japan. And on a cruise ship, the number of norovirus cases is very high, because every person is imprisoned, it is enough for one person to be infected. to others. But companies already know and manage, “he said.

Norovirus symptoms last for three days and appear 24 to 48 hours after infection. According to the virologist, the clinic was diagnosed with the disease in the area in 2006. “Now, some samples from the private hospital have come to us, because they have tested for another virus, which is not good, and when .we have made norovirus is good, “he said.

According to Gubio, about 35% to 40% of the samples are positive: “I have talked to many people, who have not sought health, but they have called me that they have these symptoms, therefore. it is very contagious. “

The virologist also explained that the norovirus is resistant to the skin and epidermis, so it should be washed with sodium hypochlorite. In addition, the virus is spread rapidly by vomiting.

“The disease affects newborns in people over 100 years of age, it does not have a specific age, the risk is dehydration can cause. So it is always good. for patients who wear masks, wash their hands and do not work in the facility. There is contact with humans when they are infected with the norovirus, “tells Gubio.

By telephone, information from the Department of Public Health alerted Terra that the city had no record of the disease, as it was not a reported disease. According to the archive, the city only issued warnings of such outbreaks during outbreaks and outbreaks, which it claimed was not true.

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