Norovirus infection occurs in the stomach and intestines. It is most often call the stomach flu. Outbreaks often occur in areas with close contact such as:
- Cruise ships
- Nursing homes
The Digestive Tract
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These infections are caused by a specific group of viruses. The viruses can spread through:
- Contaminated water supplies such as recreational lakes, swimming pools, wells, and water stored on cruise ships
- Raw or improperly steamed shellfish, especially clams and oysters
- Food and drinks prepared by infected food handlers who either do not wash their hands properly after using the bathroom
- Surfaces, such as a door knob
The viruses can also spread by direct contact with an ill person. This is common in a daycare center or nursing home.
Last reviewedFebruary 2013by Brian Randall, MD
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