NOROVIRUS - The Stomach Bug
Norovirus is a highly contagious virus. Norovirus infection causes gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and intestines). This leads to diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain. Norovirus illness is often called by other names, such as food poisoning and stomach flu. Noroviruses can cause food poisoning, as can other germs and chemicals. Norovirus illness is not related to the flu (influenza). Though they share some of the same symptoms, the flu is a respiratoryillness caused by influenza virus.
Anyone can get norovirus illness
Norovirus is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis in the U.S.
Each year, norovirus causes 19 to 21 million cases of acute gastroenteritis in the U.S.
There are many types of norovirus and you can get it more than once.
Norovirus illness can be serious
Norovirus illness can make you feel extremely sick with diarrhea and vomiting many times a day.
Some people may get severely dehydrated, especially young children, the elderly, and people with other illnesses.
Each year, norovirus causes 56,000 to 71,000 hospitalizations and 570 to 800 deaths, mostly in young children and the elderly.
Norovirus spreads very easily and quickly
It only takes a very small amount of norovirus particles (fewer than 100) to make you sick.
People with norovirus illness shed billions of virus particles in their stool and vomit and can easily infect others.
You are contagious from the moment you begin feeling sick and for the first few days after you recover.
Norovirus can spread quickly in enclosed places like daycare centers, nursing homes, schools, and cruise ships.
Norovirus can stay on objects and surfaces and still infect people for days or weeks.
Norovirus can survive some disinfectants, making it hard to get rid of.
Norovirus can spread in many ways
Norovirus can spread to others by—
having direct contact with an infected person, for example, touching an infected person while caring for them,
eating food or drinking liquids that are contaminated with norovirus,
touching objects that have norovirus on them and then putting your fingers in your mouth, for example, touching a countertop that has vomit droplets on it and then putting your fingers in your mouth and
sharing utensils or cups with people who are infected with norovirus.
There’s no vaccine to prevent norovirus infection and no drug to treat it
Antibiotics will not help with norovirus illness because antibiotics do not work on viruses.
When you have norovirus illness, drink plenty of liquids to replace fluid loss and prevent dehydration.
If you or someone you are caring for is dehydrated, call a doctor.
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Asbury Park - Ghana Project
Students from Asbury Park Middle School visited Ghana on Nov. 9. Thanks to technology made available from Polycom, it didn’t take 10 hours, but rather they were able to teleconference at the speed of light in the comfort of the school’s Media Center.
“Polycom Foundation donates equipment to non-profits that support children and can leverage technology at the same time,” said Laura Owen, Polycom Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. “We use this to expand distance learning opportunities. It’s really about connecting children.”
With mock passports in hand, approximately 50 Asbury Park middle-schoolers traveled more than 5,000 miles to Agona, Ghana in West Africa as part of a partnership through Oiada International. Oiada, a non-profit organization, has been providing educational and cultural programs that compliment schools’ core curriculum since 1997. They began partnering with Polycon in 2009 to engage students in distance learning programs.
During the visit, Asbury Park students shared a cheer, presented a banner and provided history on Asbury Park and the State of New Jersey. As an added bonus, they met Ghanaian King Terpor V of Agona, Ghana.
Educators tout the benefits of live, video conferencing as it offers face-to-face, real-time opportunities. It also helps students realize that they share the same challenges, fears and circumstances as their peers throughout the world.
In addition to the live chat, Asbury Park students collected school supplies that will be distributed to St. John’s Catholic Junior High School in Abrem, Agona Ghana. This was part of an ongoing effort to demonstrate school pride, social responsibility and teach the students that they can make an impact, according to Eric Jones CEO of Oiada International.
“Superintendent (Lamont) Repollet’s vision and desire for something greater than he was already seeing in the Asbury Park School District connected the two,” said Jones, who has partnered with the district for the past two years. “He wanted to have his students have a global experience by teaching them to make an impact in their community and ones thousands of miles away.”
Dr. Jeffrey Toney, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Kean University, was onsite to witness the exchange.
“We support global education. My hope is to build links,” said Toney, noting the university has a campus in Wenzhou, China. “What Asbury Park is doing here is innovative and our university community can benefit from connecting with them.”
Asbury Park Mayor John Moor and Councilwoman Yvonne Clayton also stopped in to offer support for the district’s global initiative.
“This is just unbelievably great to see technology being used in the (school) district,” Moor said. “You can tell by the expression on the children’s faces how successful this project is.”
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