Kerala Health Minister Vina George on Friday asked people to be vigilant after norovirus was confirmed in Wayanad district. It has also issued guidelines for containing the spread of the infection. She directed at strengthening preventive measures and disseminating information about the disease. She also issued an order in the area urging people to be vigilant.
The Kerala Health Department, at a meeting led by George, assessed the situation in Wayanad today.
“There is no cause for concern at this time, but everyone should be vigilant. Currently, work is underway, including superchlorination. It is necessary to ensure the hygiene of drinking water sources, ”she said.
“With the right prevention and treatment, disease can be quickly cured. Therefore, everyone should know about the disease and the means to prevent it, ”she added.
Norovirus is a group of viruses that cause gastrointestinal diseases. The virus causes inflammation of the lining of the stomach and intestines, as well as severe vomiting and diarrhea.
What is Norovirus?
Norovirus is an animal-borne disease that is transmitted through contaminated food and water. The virus is spread through the feces and vomit of an infected person. Therefore, it is very important to be careful as the disease spreads very quickly.
Norovirus has no significant effect in healthy people, but it can be serious in young children, the elderly, and people with other underlying medical conditions. This animal-borne disease can also be transmitted through direct contact with infected people.
However, the virus can spread within two days of the onset of the disease.
What are the common symptoms?
Symptoms of norovirus include diarrhea, abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea, fever, headache, and body aches. Acute vomiting and diarrhea can lead to dehydration and further complications. According to the issued instructions, infected people should rest at home as directed by a doctor and drink ORS solution and boiled water.
The public health minister spoke about some of the preventive measures against infection.
- Take care of their immediate environmental and personal hygiene.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before eating and after using the toilet. Particular attention should be paid to those who interact with animals.
- Chlorine drinking water sources, wells, and storage tanks with bleach. Use chlorinated water for household use. Use only boiled water for drinking.
- The ministry also said that fruits and vegetables should only be used after they have been thoroughly washed.
- Saltwater fish and shellfish such as crabs and mussels should only be eaten after they have been well cooked.