Norovirus surge hits United States: 2023-2024 season sees rise in cases

Norovirus surge hits United States
Norovirus surge hits United States

United States: The United States has recently reported a high number of cases related to norovirus, which is also known as a stomach bug. Health experts have been counting this as the 2023-2024 norovirus season across the country as the cases linked to the disease are increasing steadily.

According to local health authorities, a large chunk of the population has been complaining about diarrhea and vomiting.

Norovirus and its roots in the US!

As the number of cases is rising in the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have shared details regarding the disease. The CDC has briefed that norovirus is majorly responsible for causing acute gastroenteritis, resulting in swelling in the stomach and intestines – resulting in problems like diarrhea, nausea, and stomach cramps.

According to health experts, the symptoms of the disease start emerging within 12 to 48 hours after exposure. It is also known that these symptoms are sudden as well as very unpleasant.

In addition to this, people usually recover from the disease on their own.

What experts have to comment about the situation?

The NBC News medical contributor – Dr. Tara Narula, told TODAY on February 27, “This is the dreaded virus that leaves us in the bathroom for about a day or two; we’ve all been there.”

According to the stats shared by the local health agencies, norovirus is a contagious virus. The CDC has further revealed that every year, as many as 20 million cases of diarrhea and vomiting are reported in the United States; along with this, 465,000 emergency room visits, 109,000 hospitalizations, and 900 deaths were registered.

During which season norovirus spreads the most?

According to the health authorities, norovirus can spread at any time of the year, but most cases and outbreaks are reported during winter. Nowadays, cases of norovirus have been reported across the United States, but the majority of outbreaks are reported in the Northeast and Western regions of the US.

Visual Representation for Norovirus

As per the reports by TODAY, as of February 17, recent data from labs across the country, reported to the CDC, show that the rate of positive norovirus tests has increased to over 12 percent on average over the past three weeks. This is up from 9 percent in mid-January.

Furthermore, there is a noticeable increase in norovirus outbreaks. From August 1, 2023, to February 12, 2024, the 15 states participating in the CDC’s NoroSTAT surveillance program reported 759 norovirus outbreaks. In comparison, during the same period last year, there were 521 reported outbreaks.

In this regard, an anonymous spokesperson for the CDC told TODAY, “Currently, norovirus outbreak activity in the United States is within the range we would expect for this time of year and is within the range reported during the same time periods in previous years.”

The spokesperson was further quoted saying, “We generally see an increase during winter and are continuing to monitor this.”

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