Kerala confirms two cases of Norovirus

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerela Government confirmed two cases of Novovirus in the state on June 5.

Two lower primary school students in Thiruvananthapuram were infected with the virus, whose symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and fever. The Health Department has gone through a detailed evaluation of the situation and mentioned that precautionary measures have been taken as the virus seems to spread through contaminated water and food.

“Norovirus infection has been detected in two children and their health condition is stable. There is no need to be concerned at the moment but everyone should remain careful and maintain cleanliness,” State Health minister Veena George said in a statement. She also added that the spread of the virus is controllable.

health officials suspect that the health of the students deteriorated after consuming the mid day meal at school.

Norovirus infects people across all age groups, is a disease very similar to the diarrhea-inducing rota-virus. The virus can be transmitted through contaminated food, water, and surfaces through cases of vomiting, headaches and body aches, the Health Department said. In extreme cases, loss of fluids occur and that could lead to dehydration, it said while urging the people to follow precautions such as repeatedly washing hands with soap after using the lavatory.

Around 30 students of Pookode Veterinary College in Kerala were infected with the virus in November 2021.

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