A research scientist discovered new norovirus infections in Salvador, which had previously been reported. According to examined samples by the Laboratory of Virology of the Federal University of Bahia, the virus was on the rise in savior (Bachelor) (UFBA). According to Gbio Soares, a research scientist at the UFBA Institute of Health Sciences who found the infection in the city, at least 15 of the 35 samples screened between the end of April and the first week of May proved positive.
Norovirus is very infectious and can be transferred via contact with infected people or via contaminated water and food. Nausea, diarrhea, a high temperature, and gut and body aches are among the symptoms of the infection.
This virus, according to Gubio, has an RNA genome and is already well-known around the world. “Many advanced economies, such as the United States and Japan, experience this. Norovirus is highly common on cruise liners because everyone is enclosed and it only takes one person on the ship to contaminate another. Companies, on the other hand, are already aware of and in charge of the situation,’ he claims.
Norovirus symptoms occur 24 to 48 hours after infection and continue for one to three days. The lab had already identified a large epidemic of the virus in the area in 2006, as per the research scientist. “Now, some cases came to us from a private clinic because they were checking for another condition, which came back clear, but norovirus came back positive when we examined it,” he alleges.
Gubio estimates that 35 percent to 40% of the samples tested positive for the virus: “I’ve spoken to multiple patients who didn’t seek medical help but phoned me stating they were experiencing these symptoms, so it’s quite contagious,” says the doctor.
Norovirus is extremely resistant to firm and hard surfaces, according to the research scientist, so cleaning with sodium hypochlorite is required. Furthermore, the infection spreads rapidly through puking.
“This virus infects neonates of adults over 100 years old; it has no specific age category, and the risk it poses is dehydration.” Infected people should constantly wear masks, clean their hands, and avoid working in situations where they will come into touch with other people while they are ill with norovirus,” Gubbio says.
Terra was told over the phone by the Health Ministry that the municipality has no history of cases of this virus because it is not an illness that can be recorded. The city only registers infections like these in a disease outbreaks, according to the quantity, which it argues is not the case.