Noroviruses are a group of genetically diverse RNA-viruses that cause gastroenteritis, which is the inflammation of the stomach and the large intestine lining. The virus was initially known as the Norwalk virus after Norwalk, a town in Ohio, which first recorded an outbreak in 1972. In the UK it is known as the “winter vomiting bug” as it tends to spread more easily in winter, when people are more likely to spend time indoors in proximity to each other.
Noroviruses are sometimes referred to as food poisoning but it must be noted that they are not always a result of food contamination; also, they are wrongly referred to as ‘stomach flu’ despite not being the influenza virus. Although Noroviruses thrive on cruise ships they also thrive very well in restaurants, day-care centers, nursing homes, and other close spaces. Norovirus are very hardy as they can survive extreme temperatures on land and water; they are also highly contagious!
Latest Publications and Research on NorovirusBoerhaave's syndrome and tension pneumothorax secondary to Norovirus induced forceful emesis. - Published by PubMed
Susceptibility of Murine Norovirus and Hepatitis A Virus to Electron Beam Irradiation in Oysters and Quantifying the Reduction in Potential Infection Risks. - Published by PubMed
An in silico virtual screening study for the design of norovirus inhibitors: fragment-based molecular docking and binding free energy calculations. - Published by PubMed
Evaluation of commercial kits for the extraction and purification of viral nucleic acids from environmental and fecal samples. - Published by PubMed
Development of an anti-norovirus single-chain fv for immunochromatographic test kit. - Published by PubMed