New Stomach Bug: Symptoms points to Sydney strain as cause of US outbreak

By on Jan 25, 2013 in Health, Science, World Comments
New Stomach Bug

New Stomach Bug
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A new stomach bug is on the outbreak according to a report by US health officials on Thursday, January 24, 2013.

There are already about 140 cases related to this new strain of stomach bug that was recorded since September.

Health authorities points to the new Sydney strain of norovirus, identified last year, as the cause of the stomach bug. Norovirus, also known as Norwalk virus, is reportedly highly contagious and can spread in the air; and is noted to be the number one cause of food poisoning in the US.

Reports say that the Sydney strain has already caused vomiting and diarrhea sickness in Japan, Western Europe, and other parts of the world.

According the report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Sydney strain accounts for about 60 percent of norovirus outbreaks in the US. The CDC reported that Noroviruses are the leading cause of epidemic gastroenteritis, including foodborne outbreaks, in the US.

Officials say that these virus commonly spread in schools, cruise ships and nursing homes during winter season.

Experts say that there is no available medicine yet for those who got infected by the new stomach bug. People who got sick can only guard against dehydration, health officials explained.

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