Kerala Health Minister Issues Guidelines After A Confirmed Case Of Norovirus Found In Wayanad


Health Minister Veena George has asked people to be careful and follow the guidelines after there was confirmation of cases of Norovirus, an animal-borne disease transmitted through contaminated water and food in Kerala’s Wayanad district.

According to the reports, the health minister Veena George directed to intensify preventive activities and to spread awareness about the disease. She has also issued an order in the district asking people to be vigilant. She sated that right now there is no cause for concern but everyone should be vigilant. Activities including super chlorination are underway. Drinking water sources need to be ensured to be hygienic. With proper prevention and treatment, the disease can be cured quickly. Therefore, everyone should be aware of the disease and its means of prevention.

As per the sources, the Norovirus are a group of viruses that cause gastrointestinal illness. The virus causes inflammation of the lining of the stomach and intestines, as well as severe vomiting and diarrhoea. Norovirus does not significantly affect healthy people, but it can be serious in young children, the elderly, and those with other comorbidities. This animal-borne disease can also be spread through direct contact with infected individuals. The virus is spread through the excrement and vomit of an infected person. Therefore, it is essential to be careful as the disease spreads very quickly. However, the virus can be spread for up to two days after the onset of the disease. Some common symptoms of Norovirus include diarrhoea, abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea, fever, headache, and body aches. Acute vomiting and diarrhoea can lead to dehydration and further complications.

As per the guideline’s issues, the infected people should rest at home, as directed by the doctor, and should drink ORS solution and boiled water and one should take proper care of their immediate environmental hygiene and personal hygiene.

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