CDC Warns of Powerful New Norovirus Strain GII.4 Sydney

Posted on January 26, 2013

The CDC is warning about the emergence of a powerful new norovirus strain, GII.4 Sydney. The strain was first identified in Austrlia in March 2012. It is currently spreading around the U.S. The norovirus causes nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. One of the biggest dangers from the norovirus is dehydration. People infected with norovirus who are unable to drink enough liquids may require an emergency room visit so they can get fluid through an IV.

ABC's Dr. Richard Besser explains how you can avoid the norovirus, which is not easy as the annoying virus cannot be killed with hand sanitizers and can survive for weeks on hard surfaces. Use bleach to decontaminate infected surfaces and wash your hands repeatedly, especially after visiting the mall or a grocery store. Take a look:

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