New norovirus strain spreads throughout the world

January 14, 2013

A new strain of norovirus has spread from Australia to France, search New Zealand, and Japan according to Reuters.  Known as Sydney 2012, the norovirus variant is now responsible for causing more gastrointestinal cases in England and Wales than any other norovirus strain.

Sydney 2012 does not carry worse symptoms than others but, like other norovirus strains, it can cause violent and projectile vomiting, diarrhea and sometimes fevers, headaches and stomach cramps.

Ian Goodfellow, a scientist who has studied norovirus for 10 years, describes it as “the Ferrari of the virus world” and “one of the most infectious viruses of man”.

Source: Reuters, January 9, 2013

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