According to reports dated Tuesday, July 16, health officials in Beijing are investigating a suspected outbreak of norovirus in Chaoyang district. According to local sources, more than 200 households have reported symptoms of the virus. Health officials indicated that of 79 samples collected over the previous week, 52 samples tested positive for norovirus.
Further spread of the suspected outbreak is possible in Beijing over the coming weeks.
Norovirus is highly contagious and is spread by coming into contact with someone who is infected or touching surfaces or objects that have been contaminated. The most common symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and stomach pain. Diarrhea and vomiting can lead to dehydration, especially in young children, older adults, and people with other illnesses. There is no specific medication to treat norovirus.
To reduce the risk of contracting norovirus, wash hands regularly, particularly before eating or preparing food, thoroughly wash fruits, vegetables, and seafood. If you become sick, do not prepare food or care for others to avoid spreading the virus. Immediately clean and disinfect any surfaces that have become contaminated.
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