Stomach bug that causes violent diarrhea is slamming the North East US - ... trends now

Stomach bug that causes violent diarrhea is slamming the North East US - ... trends now
Stomach bug that causes violent diarrhea is slamming the North East US - ... trends now

Stomach bug that causes violent diarrhea is slamming the North East US - ... trends now

A stomach bug that causes violent diarrhea and vomiting is spreading rapidly across the North East - putting 'lives on hold' in some areas.

Latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that nearly 14 percent of tests in the region came back positive for norovirus at the start of February — up from around 4 percent in November before the outbreak started.

Nationwide, cases are also rising — with 12 percent of swabs now detecting the virus compared to nine percent in November. Cases are rising fastest in the South.

The virus came back with a vengeance after lockdowns and school closures — which was linked to weakened immune systems.

Locals are reporting that many children are missing school because of stomach bugs in their area which are disrupting their daily lives.

The above map highlights the North East region of the US that is currently facing an outbreak of norovirus

The above map highlights the North East region of the US that is currently facing an outbreak of norovirus

This graph shows how cases have jumped 15 percent in recent weeks. There is a dip on the most recent dates, but data for these is incomplete, with the line expected to rise as more infections are recorded

This graph shows how cases have jumped 15 percent in recent weeks. There is a dip on the most recent dates, but data for these is incomplete, with the line expected to rise as more infections are recorded

The above shows the difference in symptoms between Covid and norovirus

The above shows the difference in symptoms between Covid and norovirus 

About 21million Americans — or six percent of the population — are sickened by norovirus every year, statistics suggests, with 109,000 hospitalized.

Cases normally peak around February and March, alongside other ailments, because people are forced to spend more time indoors by cold weather.

Latest data for the North East showed the test positivity rate — or proportion of swabs picking up the virus — was 13.9 percent in the week to February 3, compared to

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