Noroviruses are highly contagious and are transmitted via the faeces and vomit of infected people, either through direct contact or through contaminated objects or via food and water.


The main symptoms of infection with norovirus are diarrhoea, stomach pain and vomiting. The incubation period is one to three days. Infection can occur at all ages, with young children and the elderly particularly at risk from dehydration after infection.



Outbreaks are best controlled by strict hygiene measures to prevent further spread of the virus. Currently there are no drugs that can control or prevent infection by norovirus. 


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