What treatment is available for people with norovirus infection?

Currently, there is no antiviral medication that works against norovirus and there is no vaccine to prevent infection. Norovirus infection cannot be treated with antibiotics. This is because antibiotics work to fight bacteria and not viruses. Norovirus illness is usually brief in healthy individuals. When people are ill with vomiting and diarrhea, they should drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. Dehydration among young children, the elderly, the sick, can be common, and it is the most serious health effect that can result from norovirus infection. By drinking oral rehydration fluids (ORF), juice, or water, people can reduce their chance of becoming dehydrated. Sports drinks do not replace the nutrients and minerals lost during this illness.

Show All Answers

1. What are noroviruses?
2. What are the symptoms of illness caused by noroviruses?
3. What is the name of the illness caused by noroviruses?
4. How serious is norovirus disease?
5. How do people become infected with noroviruses?
6. When do symptoms appear?
7. Are noroviruses contagious?
8. How long are people contagious?
9. Who gets norovirus infection?
10. What treatment is available for people with norovirus infection?
11. Can norovirus infections be prevented?