EASTON, Pa., Nov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A new medical reference website, Norovirus.com, has been created to provide easy access to information about norovirus, a health issue of increasing public concern nationally and internationally.
The new website is free to access and became fully operational this month.
"Norovirus, also known as Norwalk virus, is a constant topic for public health officials," says Scott Rose, director of the website. "We have established a reference website designed to provide the general public with information they need to know about the norovirus, its treatments, breakouts and more."
The site details norovirus symptoms, treatments, and related news as well as broader information on food poisoning, stomach flu and acute gastroenteritis.
First identified in the 1970s, the norovirus and outbreaks on cruise ships have become regular news stories in recent years. Acute norovirus episodes can result in severe gastroenteritis requiring hospitalization or even cause death in the very young, the elderly, or those with compromised immune systems.
It causes approximately ninety percent of epidemic nonbacterial outbreaks of gastroenteritis worldwide, and is implicated in perhaps half of all foodborne outbreaks of gastroenteritis in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health act as clearinghouses for academic research on the disease and also maintain databases of statistics.
But much of the information can be difficult for the public to access.
"As with any virus causing widespread illness and public concern, there is a need for an easy and reliable source of information," adds Rose. "By making the latest research findings more understandable to readers, we hope to minimize the threat this virus poses."