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New Norovirus cases reported in Kerala: people need to be vigilant

A day after Norovirus cases were confirmed in Wayanad district, the Kerala government on Friday said people need to be vigilant about the very contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea.

The rare Norovirus infection was reported in some 13 students of a
veterinary college in Pookode near Vythiri in Wayanad district two weeks

Though things have been brought under control and no further spread is
reported, health authorities said they are preparing a data bank of the
students of the veterinary science college besides holding an awareness
class as part of preventive measures.

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Veterinary college authorities said the infection was first found in
students living in hostels outside the campus.

The health authorities were quick to collect samples and sent them to
NIV in Alappuzha for testing.

State health minister Veena George chaired a meeting of the health
officials here and took stock of the situation in Wayanad.

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According to a health department release, the minister directed the
officials to intensify activities to prevent the spread of the virus.

Currently there is no cause for concern but everyone should be vigilant,
it said.

Officials said preventive activities including super chlorination are

Drinking water sources need to be hygienic and with proper prevention
and treatment, the disease can be cured quickly.

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Everyone should be aware of the disease and its means of prevention,
they said.



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