Microbes of concern include viruses such as norovirus
, the number-one cause of foodborne illness in the United States, and hepatitis A virus, which causes a contagious liver disease.
In a study that compared the performance of the Ridascreen test with the results of a norovirus
reference standard for 609 fecal samples, Ridascreen detected the norovirus
in about two-thirds of the cases where it was present, so overall it was less sensitive than was the standard reference test in detecting norovirus
is the official genus name for the group of viruses previously described as "Norwalk-like viruses" (NLV), according to the CDC.
Helen Moss, nursing director at the Trust, said: "We have had to close the clinical decisions unit at Stafford Hospital due to three confirmed cases of norovirus
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You can catch it if small particles of vomit or poo from an infected person get into your mouth, such as through: | Close contact with someone with norovirus
- they may breathe out small particles containing the virus that you could inhale; | Touching contaminated surfaces or objects - the virus can survive outside the body for several days; | Eating contaminated food - this can happen if an infected person doesn't wash their hands before handling food.
There is no treatment for norovirus
other than rest and hydration to replace the lost liquids.
If you have norovirus
, do not prepare food for other people.
But the following wards are currently closed and will not be open to visitors: North Tyneside General Hospital: Ward 12; Wansbeck General Hospital: Wards 4, 5 and 9; Hexham General Hospital: Ward 4; Blyth Community Hospital: Ward 1 A spokesperson said: "This isn't just one large outbreak - as both flu and norovirus
are in the community it will continue to be brought into our hospitals.
, also known as the winter vomiting bug, causes diarrhea and vomiting but usually clears up by itself in a few days.
often causes violent diarrhoea and vomiting.
But you don't have to catch norovirus
every time November rolls around.