Amongst the most common causes of viral gastroenteritis in human beings, Norovirus infection is usually easily curable, with most people being able to make a full recovery. However, if left untreated, it may be lethal, and thus accounts for many deaths each year, especially in less developed countries. It is noteworthy that norovirus is transmitted through contaminated food or water as well as through contact with an affected individual. Clearly, it is not difficult to contract and recognising its symptoms in the early stages is of utmost importance. Here are 8 signs that should alert one to the possibility of having norovirus infection.

1. Diarrhoea

Watery stool is the most typical of all norovirus symptoms that occurs in nearly all individuals suffering from the condition. Usually, the urge to defecate is urgent and highly repetitive, with individuals needing to relieve themselves as often as 20 times a day. Eating anything at all may cause an almost immediate need to visit the loo. The inability to retain food as well as the dehydration caused by loss of fluids, together tend to produce much weakness and lethargy in individuals. What is even more distressing is that there is no specific cure for norovirus; even as anti-diarrhoeal may be taken to control symptoms, in cases where fever is high or stomach ache is severe, taking such medications is not recommended since that tends to prolong the illness.

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