Norovirus

Norovirus

Noroviruses are a group of viruses that cause acute gastroenteritis, also known as stomach flu. This is not influenza or the flu, which is a respiratory infection caused by the influenza virus.

Norovirus outbreaks occur in BC communities every year. Outbreaks of illness are common in long term care homes, daycare centres, schools, hospitals and on cruise ships.

The virus can be spread among people if they do not wash their hands or if someone with this illness handles food, water or ice. Norovirus can also be found in the vomit and diarrhea of people who are sick.

Symptoms usually appear within 24-48 hours after exposure to the virus. Although there is no treatment for this illness, most people recover in two or three days.

For more information, please visit the links on this page or talk to HealthLink BC by dialing 8-1-1.

BC HealthFile 
Hand washing Instructions 
Hand washing Reminder 
Norovirus and the Hospitality Industry 
Norovirus - Self Care When Experiencing Severe Gastro-intestinal Symptoms 

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