Norovirus In Kerala: Emerging from the outbreak of Coronavirus, now another virus has started spreading in Kerala. When the health of the students of a private school in Kakkanad deteriorated, it was revealed on investigation that they had been infected with a virus. According to the District Medical Officer (DMO), Norovirus has been confirmed in children.
Another virus infection in Kakkanad, Kerala
Kakkanad DMO said that the disease (Norovirus) was confirmed after symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea were seen in primary class children of a private school. He told that samples of 62 students of Class 1 and Class 2 and some parents were sent to State Public Lab after symptoms of infection were found. According to a statement issued by the District Medical Officer (DMO) on Monday, the tests of 2 samples have come positive. At the same time, treatment of 3 children is going on.
Children from class 1 to 5 were discharged
The DMO said that the condition of the children who got infected with Norovirus is not worrying, however, after the outbreak, the school has declared a holiday for the children of classes 1 to 5. The district administration has initiated preventive and awareness measures in view of the virus outbreak. Online awareness classes are being organized.
According to officials, classrooms and toilets have been sanitized in the school where the infection spread. At the same time, those showing symptoms have been advised to remain under observation. The authorities have urged the public to be vigilant and ensure that drinking water sources should be clean. The DMO’s statement said that with proper treatment and precaution, the disease can be cured in a short time.
What is norovirus and how does it spread?
According to experts, norovirus is a contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhoea. Common symptoms include low-grade fever or chills, headache and muscle aches. The virus usually does not affect healthy people, but it can cause serious health problems for young children, the elderly, and people with co-morbidities.
Norovirus can spread through contaminated water and food. Direct contact with infected people can also cause its disease. It can also spread through faeces and vomit of infected people.
How to protect if infected?
Infected people are advised to rest at home as per the instructions of the doctor. They have to consume plenty of boiled water and Oral Rehydration Salt (ORS). If needed, the doctor’s service will have to be taken. The infected person should go out only after two days of recovery, because during that time the virus can spread.