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New Norovirus Strain Behind Recent Outbreaks in US

Norovirus Outbreak

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  • A new type of norovirus, named GII.4 Sydney, was the main culprit behind the norovirus outbreaks that sickened many Americans this past fall and winter, according to the CDC
  • Noroviruses have now surpassed rotavirus as the leading cause of gastroenteritis -- or stomach flu -- in the US
  • The CDC estimated that most of the GII.4 Sydney norovirus outbreaks resulted from direct person-to-person contact while 20 percent were foodborne and 1 percent was waterborne
  • Washing your hands with soap and water and leading a healthy lifestyle that keeps your immune system strong are the best ways to prevent norovirus infections

By Dr. Mercola

A new type of norovirus, named GII.4 Sydney because it was first detected in Australia, was the main culprit behind the norovirus outbreaks that sickened many Americans this past fall and winter.


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