A norovirus infection is the most common cause of gastroenteritis in the United States. An infection with norovirus is sometimes referred to as stomach flu, although this term is misleading because it is not an influenza infection.
Signs and symptoms of a norovirus infection are
Other associated symptoms can include a
Norovirus infection is very contagious. When complications occur, these are related to the effects of dehydration and fluid loss. In most cases, the symptoms of a norovirus infection last for about 3 days.
Cause of a norovirus infection
People acquire norovirus infections by consuming foods contaminated with small amounts of infected fluids or stool. Foods and drinks may become contaminated during processing or handling by an infected person.
Other norovirus infection symptoms and signs
Main Article on Norovirus Infection Symptoms and Signs
Pictures, Images, Illustrations & Quizzes
Norovirus: Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention
Norovirus isn't really the "winter stomach flu," but it can make you very sick. Follow these tips to avoid infection.
Viral Infection Types, Treatment, and Prevention
Watch this slideshow on Viral Infections and learn about types, treatment, and prevention of illnesses caused by viruses.
Subscribe to MedicineNet's General Health Newsletter