Experts say the Norovirus is spreading like a wildfire

Posted at 11:20 PM, Jan 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-25 18:36:09-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- On the Center For Disease Control website information about the Norovirus is front and center.


It is being called a Super Bug. Experts say this new strain of Norovirus which makes people violently ill was first identified in Australia, now it's tearing through the united states.

Dr. Richard Besser says,  "It comes on suddenly . Typical symptoms of a stomach ache. Most people will do well. Young and the elderly have to worry about dehydration."


On average each year about 21 million people will get the Norovirus with those classic stomach flu symptoms. Experts say, around 800 people will die. Since anyone can catch it many people could get sick.


Let's compare it to the flu, which is spread through the air by coughing and sneezing.

You need to breathe in about 1,000 particles to get sick.


The Norovirus is extremely contagious just 18 particles  can do it.


While the regular flu virus stays in the air 2 to eight hours. The Norovirus is in its infectious state for for weeks. It could be anywhere.

From door handles to coffee makers.


To guard against it, health experts say use bleach. Wash your hands with soap frequently, to keep it from getting into your stomach.