How Norovirus is Diagnosed?
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How Norovirus is Diagnosed?

Norovirus is the most informal virus feat gastroenteritis in adults. In this article we are learning 'how norovirus is diagnosed' as there is no routine lab check to verify if this viral infection is due to norovirus or not. Primary tests used to identify a norovirus infection are exclusive utilized when there is an eruption and the specialized virus causing it needs to be identified.

Norovirus is the most informal virus feat gastroenteritis in adults. In this article we are learning 'how norovirus is diagnosed' as there is no routine lab check to verify if this viral infection is due to norovirus or not. Primary tests used to identify a norovirus infection are exclusive utilized when there is an eruption and the specialized virus causing it needs to be identified. 

Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that can cause "stomach flu." The first sign of norovirus is usually a sudden sick feeling followed by forceful vomiting and watery diarrhea. If a person gets a norovirus, symptoms of the infection may include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. 

How norovirus is diagnosed?

Diagnosis usually involves a physical exam and a review of the patient's medical history and symptoms. In most cases, the doctor can only diagnose a person with what is commonly called "stomach flu." There is no routine lab test used to make a norovirus diagnosis. Special tests used to identify a norovirus infection are usually only used when there is an outbreak and the specific virus causing it needs to be identified.

Norovirus is usually diagnosed after a sample of your stool is sent to the laboratory for testing. However, for most people who have a bout of gastroenteritis, it is not necessary to send a stool sample to be tested. This is because the treatment is usually the same for many causes of gastroenteritis. So, as norovirus is a common cause of gastroenteritis, you may well have this infection if you have an episode of diarrhea and vomiting. But, it is usually not necessary to send a stool sample to be tested to confirm this.

In order to make a norovirus diagnosis, the doctor may ask a number of questions about a person's medical history including current symptoms, family history of any medical condition, recent travel and food/liquid consumption information etc.

The doctor may also perform a physical exam, looking for signs and symptoms of norovirus. Based on the medical history and the physical exam, the doctor may make a diagnosis of viral gastroenteritis, but will not be able to say specifically whether a norovirus infection is causing the gastroenteritis symptoms. This is because there is no routine lab test to detect norovirus.

This virus can spread easily, so taking precautions is better to stay safe from sickness. A norovirus present in the gut of an infected person can pass out in their diarrhea. It is easily spread from an infected person to another by close contact. This is usually because of the virus being present on the infected person's hands after they have been to the toilet. Surfaces or objects touched by the infected person can also allow transmission of the virus. The virus can be passed on if the infected person prepares food or if water is contaminated with norovirus. 

Reference: http://www.patient.co.uk/health/Norovirus.htm

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