Extremely contagious and sometimes very harmful, norovirus is currently the most common cause of gastroenteritis outbreaks worldwide. Highly resistant, norovirus can be found everywhere, in food and water as well as in objects around us. Norovirus is especially communicable in confined spaces and communal settings such as hospitals, schools or seniors’ residences.
Present year-round, norovirus gastroenteritis is on the rise during the winter. Although it causes the usual symptoms of gastroenteritis, norovirus can also create serious complications. The consequences of a norovirus epidemic, both medical and financial, are extremely serious, making it a major public health issue.
There is currently no specific treatment for norovirus.