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Novovirus ("Stomach Flu") (Cruise Ship Disease) Print E-mail

Dr. Kennedy First of all, "stomach flu" is a misnomer because what this term refers to is not caused by an influenza virus but rather by the Novovirus. Vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramping lasts a day or two if caused by Novovirus and the virus is picked up from food and can be spread to others through food or feces. Novovirus is actually a group of viruses that can cause gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and intestines). Novovirus is the leading cause of foodborne illness outbreaks. This is not influenza. Influenza or “flu" is caused by a virus that attacks the nose, throat, and lungs and is airborne. Novovirus is by far the most common cause of foodborne disease outbreaks in the United States. It causes vomiting, diarrhea, and aches that can incapacitate people for up to two days. Novovirus is the cause of "Cruise Ship Flu" in which large numbers of people gathered and isolated in one place share the Novovirus resulting in a large percentage of people suffering from this dramatic illness. Preventing the spread of Novovirus is accomplished by frequent washing of hands, especially after using the bathroom and after changing diapers, also before preparing foods and before eating. Also, if someone in your household is sick, wash your hands more often and clean and disinfect surfaces immediately after vomiting or diarrheal accidents. The idea of flu vaccine to prevent stomach flu is absurd, but beyond that I do not recommend flu vaccine under any circumstances, but rather maintain a healthy immune system with an alkaline diet, daily exercise, and dietary supplements, especially Ultra. Do this and any kind of viral illness will be a rare event.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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