“Norovirus” refers to an intestinal virus that can cause symptoms such as low-grade fever, nausea, vomiting and stomach cramping. Some people refer to this as the “stomach flu” but it is not related to influenza which is a respiratory illness.
Norovirus is spread by “fecal-oral transmission.” That means you can get it by:
Norovirus can spread very quickly from person to person, especially those residing together and using the same bathroom facilities. People with norovirus illness are contagious from the moment they begin feeling sick until at least 3 days after they recover.
Most people recover from the illness within 24 to 72 hours from the onset of symptoms. Remember! Even though infected persons begin to feel better, they can continue to shed the virus for several days after the symptoms have subsided, so continue to maintain the same precautions listed below.
There is no drug to treat people who get sick from the norovirus. Antibiotics are not effective against viruses. Most people will get better on their own within 24 to 72 hours. However, the most serious complication from norovirus comes from dehydration. Symptoms of dehydration include feeling dizzy upon standing, dry mouth and throat, decreased urination. If you think you or someone you know is severely dehydrated, contact the Health Center at 732-571-3464 or after hours, Monmouth University Police at 732-571-4444.
Here are some ways to prevent dehydration:
Once the nausea and vomiting have subsided and appetite has returned, start with simple carbohydrates like toast, crackers and white rice. If these are well tolerated, you can slowly advance your diet.