Noronet is an informal network of scientists working in public health institutes or universities sharing virological, epidemiological and molecular data on norovirus.
With growing awareness of the impact of norovirus infection, and
growing knowledge contributing to possible containment measures,
the need for early recognition and warning equally grows.
The aim of Noronet is
- To enlarge the knowledge on geographical and temporal trends in
the emergence and spread of Norovirus variants, thus limiting the
impact and scale of future Norovirus epidemics.
- A second aim is the design of a well founded standardized
nomenclature for existing and emerging Norovirus genotypes and
variants or sub-lineages.
The network maintains a shared database accessible via the
Internet for data entry, sharing and analysis.
By prospectively sharing information on Norovirus activity we
can chart the global spread, recognize changes in circulating
strains and possible changes in the epidemiology of the virus and
thus potentially predict epidemic seasons.
The activities of NoroNet are:
- Retrospective global comparison of norovirus GII.4 variant
- Prospective monitoring of GII.4 situation
- Setting up a standardized nomenclature for noroviruses
- Setup of a typing library
- E-mail network for rapid alerts and new variants
- Data-sharing platform for combined epidemiological and
NoroNet is a continuation of the FBVE network, a network of
virologists and epidemiologists in 13 European countries existing
since 1999, who share surveillance and research data on enteric
virus infections, focusing mainly on norovirus.
Since 1999 the FBVE network has maintained a joint database in
which members have shared their data.
First a joint database was made for foodborne outbreaks caused
by different viruses.
In 2008, using new software, separate databases were set up
for different pathogens, of which the norovirus en hepatitis A
database are available on the web.
The work of the network has been supported through three
different EU projects, of which the last one finished in
If you are interested in joining the laboratory
network, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
This membership is necessary in order to use the molecular
Membership involves the signing of a confidentiality
agreement (Pdf-document, 68Kb)