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August 11, 2022
Posted by: OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers
With norovirus being the leading cause of outbreaks from contaminated food in the US, it makes it all the more important to be mindful of the signs to prevent the spread of infection. However, many of us might not be aware of those signs until it’s too late.
Before you know it, you and thousands of Americans are contaminated as health officials work tirelessly to contain the outbreak. Recognizing the early signs of norovirus might make the difference in controlling its spread.
Norovirus is actually a group of several viruses that cause severe inflammation in the stomach and intestines. Your pain and discomfort can quickly become another’s as the virus spreads from person to person through the touching of contaminated surfaces or drinking and eating contaminated food or water.
People who don’t wash their hands are most likely to infect others.
Identifying norovirus quickly is critical to avoid putting others at risk. You may experience several symptoms. However, norovirus begins with your initial exposure.
Before the onset of your symptoms, there are many places you could have been exposed to norovirus, including:
When you feel your initial symptoms, retracing your steps could be an early sign that you contracted norovirus from one of these locations.
After exposure, it might take a day or two for you to experience symptoms (12-48 hours). Once the virus sets in, you could start to suffer from the following:
Although they have similar symptoms, stomach flu is a completely different virus caused by the influenza virus. You should visit your doctor to obtain a proper diagnosis.
The upside of norovirus is that symptoms only last for 24-48 hours. Young children, the elderly, and immunocompromised persons could suffer severe consequences. The downside of norovirus is that it’s extremely contagious. So, if you failed to stay home for those two days, you could have infected several others.
You should also be aware that you can shed norovirus particles for weeks even after your symptoms have passed. Once you’re feeling better, you might ask a doctor to check a stool sample to check if you have norovirus still. It will allow you to report your case to the correct health officials.
If you’ve recently been to a restaurant, cruise, hospital, or other high-risk location, and you notice the early signs of norovirus, you must take the following steps to prevent an outbreak:
Norovirus could come and go fast but might leave a lasting impact. You might have had to take a couple of days off work to recover, resulting in lost wages. Furthermore, the hospital will charge you for getting treated if your symptoms were severe.
Without knowing the signs of norovirus, you could miss out on finding the liable parties. OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers will investigate your case and hold at-fault parties accountable for their actions. Contact us today at 888-828-7087.